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Sushmita Sen
Sushmita Sen Manish M B'day Bash.jpg
Sen in 2016
Born (1975-11-19) 19 November 1975 (age 46)[1][2]
  • Actress
  • model
Years active1994–present
TitleFemina Miss India 1994 (Winner)
Miss Universe 1994 (Winner)
RelativesCharu Asopa (sister-in-law)

Sushmita Sen (born 19 November 1975)[1][2] is an Indian actress, model and the winner of the Miss Universe 1994 pageant. She was previously crowned Femina Miss India 1994 at the age of 18. Sen is the first Indian to win the competition and has since primarily worked in Hindi films.[4]

Sen won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the comedy film Biwi No.1 (1999), and was also nominated in the category for her roles in the dramas Sirf Tum (1999) and Filhaal... (2002). Her commercially successful films include Aankhen (2002), Main Hoon Na (2004), and Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? (2005).[5]

Early life[edit]

Sen was born into a Bengali Baidya family in Hyderabad to Shubeer Sen, a former Indian Air Force Wing Commander, and Subhra Sen, a jewellery designer and owner of a Dubai-based store. She has one sibling, a brother named Rajeev.[6][7][8]

She attended Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute in New Delhi[9] and St. Ann's High School in Secunderabad, but did not pursue any further higher education.[10][11]


Femina Miss India[edit]

In 1994, as a teenager, Sen participated in the Femina Miss India contest. She won the title 'Femina Miss India Universe', earning the right to compete at the Miss Universe 1994 contest.[12]

Miss Universe 1994[edit]

At the Miss Universe contest, Sen ranked third overall in the preliminaries, behind Miss Colombia Carolina Gómez and Miss Venezuela Minorka Mercado Sen went on to place second, fifth and third in the subsequent rounds and finally won the title and crown of Miss Universe 1994. She was the first Indian to win the title.[13]

After the Times Group relinquished the rights to choose the Indian representative to Miss Universe, Sen's project, I Am She – Miss Universe India, took over. It ran for three years (from 2010 to 2012). Femina was awarded the contract back.[14]

Miss Universe judge 2016[edit]

As a celebration of 65th Miss Universe, 23 years after winning the pageant, she returned to Manila, Philippines, in January 2017, as one of the judges of the Miss Universe 2016 beauty pageant.[15] The pageant took place at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines on 30 January 2017. Joining her as judges were Cynthia Bailey, Mickey Boardman, Francine LaFrak, Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes, and Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres.[16]

Film career[edit]


Sen (second from left) with the co-stars of her movie Filhaal in 2002

After her reign as Miss Universe, Sushmita became an actress. Her first film Dastak was in 1996, in which she played the victim of a stalker, played by Sharad Kapoor. Mukul Dev starred as the lead actor. She then starred in the 1997 Tamil action film Ratchagan. Two years later, her appearance as Rupali in David Dhawan's comedy film Biwi No.1 won her the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1999. Biwi No.1 was the second highest-grossing movie of 1999.[17] The same year, she was also nominated for her role in the drama Sirf Tum in the same category. In 2000, she appeared in a dance song in the film Fiza.


She received critical acclaim and box office success for the film Aankhen, starring opposite Arjun Rampal. The film co-starred Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Aditya Pancholi and Paresh Rawal. The biggest success of her career came with the 2004 action film Main Hoon Na, in which she played the role of a chemistry teacher who falls in love with Shah Rukh Khan's character. The film grossed a total of 330,000,000 and was the second highest-grossing film of that year.[18] Later, Sushmita played a lawyer in Main Aisa Hi Hoon opposite Ajay Devgan. In 2005, she also starred in a remake of Cactus Flower, called Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya?. Sen played the lead, opposite Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. She also played the leading role in Karma Aur Holi.


In 2010, Sushmita played the role of a successful supermodel called Shimmer in Dulha Mil Gaya; the film was a moderate success that year.[19] She additionally appeared in the action-comedy film No Problem the same year.[20] In 2015, she starred in a Bengali drama film titled Nirbaak.[21] In Sushmita's career, this was her first film in Bengali language.[22]

Television career[edit]

In 2020 Sushmita Sen acted in Disney Hotstar's TV Series Aarya. She won the 2021 Critic's Choice Award for her role in Aarya[23]

Sushmita Sen came back in the second season Aarya 2 that released in December 2021 [24]

Personal life[edit]

Sen with her daughters at Raveena Tandon's show Isi Ka Naam Zindagi

Sen adopted a baby girl, Renee, in 2000 and a second girl, Alisah, in 2010.[3][25] Sen has Addison's disease and requires lifelong steroid drugs to manage the illness.[26][27] Sen confirmed the break-up with model Rohman Shawl by sharing a post on Instagram. Sushmita Sen and Rohman Shawl have been in a relationship since 2018.[28]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Sushmita Sen awards and nominations
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Sen in a show
  1. ^ Certain award groups do not simply award one winner. They recognize several different recipients, have runners-up, and have third place. Since this is a specific recognition and is different from losing an award, runner-up mentions are considered wins in this award tally. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.
Year Award Category Film Result
2000 Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Biwi No.1 Won
Sirf Tum Nominated
Star Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Biwi No.1 Won
Sirf Tum Nominated
IIFA Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Biwi No.1 Won
Zee Cine Award Best Supporting Actress Won
2001 Planet-Bollywood People's Choice Awards Best Supporting Actress Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai Nominated[29]
2003 Filmfare Awards Filhaal... Nominated
Star Screen Awards Nominated
IIFA Awards Nominated
Zee Cine Awards Won
2004 Star Screen Awards Best Actress Samay: When Time Strikes Nominated
2005 Stardust Awards Star of the Year - Female Main Hoon Na Nominated
2005 Zee Cine Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2006 Rajiv Gandhi Awards Achievement in Bollywood N/A Won
2013 Mother Teresa Awards Social Justice N/A Won[30]
2016 Indian Affairs India Leadership Conclave Eternal Beauty & Actress of the Decade N/A Won[31]
2016 GeoSpa AsiaSpa India Awards Woman of Substance Award N/A Won
2017 Lux Golden Rose Awards Timeless Beauty Award N/A Nominated[32]
2018 I Am Woman Awards Woman of Substance Award N/A Won[33]
2020 Filmfare OTT Awards Best Actor in a Drama Series (Female) Aarya Won[34]
2020 Critics Choice Awards Best Actress Won
2020 Raj Kapoor Awards Female Actor Award (OTT) Won
2020 Dadasaheb Phalke Awards International Film Festival Awards 2021 Best Actress - Web Series Won
2020 IWM(BUZZ) Digital Awards Best Actress In Web Series Won
2021 Champions Of Change Award 2021 National Award For Social Welfare & Women Empowerment NA Won [37]


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  2. ^ a b "Sushmita Sen turns a year older: Lesser known facts". India Today. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b IANS (21 May 2010). "News : Sushmita Sen now wants a biological child". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Fans wish Zeenat, Sushmita on birthday". 23 November 2011. Archived from the original on 23 July 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Sushmita Sen". Box Office India. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  6. ^ Archived from the original on 4 November 2021. {{cite news}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Sharmila Tagore to Sushmita Sen, Bollywood divas born in Hyderabad". The Times of India. 14 March 2021.
  8. ^ sushmita sen (14 June 2020). "sushmita sen facts".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  10. ^ Ganesh S Lakshman (12 February 2006). "MCH bulldozers may force St. Ann's to relocate". The Times of India. TNN. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  11. ^ Sharma, Garima (6 March 2010). "No college degree for Sushmita Sen". The Times of India. TNN. Archived from the original on 17 August 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  12. ^ "The Hindu Business Line : Coke-Sushmita Sen deal cancelled". 16 July 2003. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  13. ^ "Miss Universe 1994 - Full results". Critical Beauty. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  14. ^ "I'm a born entrepreneur: Sushmita Sen". Hindustan Times. 13 July 2011. Archived from the original on 18 November 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  15. ^ "23 years after Sushmita Sen won, she was back at Miss Universe pageant. See pics". 31 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Sen as a judge of 65th Miss Universe". Heavy. 29 January 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  17. ^ "". Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  18. ^ "". Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  19. ^ "Dulha Mil Gaya is my project out and out: Sushmita Sen". Archived from the original on 23 January 2010.
  20. ^ Taran Adarsh (2009). "Anil Kapoor finalises the principal cast of 'No Problem'". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 16 June 2009.
  21. ^ "Sushmita Sen's Bengali Film Nirbaak 'Big Moment' For Her Father - NDTV Movies". 30 April 2015.
  22. ^ "The Susmita Sen connection". The Telegraph. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
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  25. ^ "Sush consoles Renee". Deccan Chronicle. 5 February 2011. Archived from the original on 25 January 2012.
  26. ^ "Sushmita Sen reveals her battle with Addison's disease; here is what it means - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  27. ^ "Money Heist's Lisbon sings Salman Khan's Chunari Chunari, impressed Sushmita Sen says 'yeh baat!'. Watch". Hindustan Times. 17 November 2020. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  28. ^ "Sushmita Sen Drops A Cryptic Message After Breaking Up With Rohman Shawl: "...That Takes Guts"". Koimoi. 26 December 2021. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  29. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 January 2005. Retrieved 12 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  30. ^ "Harmony Foundation to host Mother Teresa awards on Nov 9". Daily News and Analysis. 8 November 2014.
  31. ^ "Inspiring Youth icon Sushmita Sen bags the prestigious "Eternal Beauty & Actress of the Decade" at India Leadership Conclave 2016". Indian Affairs. 20 July 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  32. ^ "Eastern Eye, Your Trusted Source for Breaking News".
  33. ^ "Being born as woman a huge award for Former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen".
  34. ^ "Nominees for the Flyx Filmfare OTT Awards". Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  35. ^ "Filmfare OTT Awards 2020: Big Night For Paatal Lok And The Family Man. Complete List Of Winners". Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  36. ^ "Winners of the Flyx Filmfare OTT Awards". Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  37. ^ "Sushmita Sen, Hema Malini Win Champions of Change Award 2021".

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Miss Universe
Succeeded by
Preceded by Femina Miss India
Succeeded by