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Sushmita Sen
Sushmita Sen1-2.jpg
Sen in 2011
Born (1975-11-19) 19 November 1975 (age 41)[1][2]
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India[3]
(now in Telangana, India)
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India[4]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present
Title Femina Miss India 1994 (Winner)
Miss Universe 1994 (Winner)
Children 2
Awards Best Supporting Actress (1999) for Biwi No.1
Sushmita Sen Signature.jpg

Sushmita Sen (born 19 November 1975[1][2]) is an Indian film actress, model and the winner of the Miss Universe pageant of 1994. Sen was the first Indian to win the crown.

After completing her reign, Sen went on to pursue Bollywood. She started her career with the Hindi film, Dastak. She rose to stardom with the Tamil musical Ratchagan opposite Nagarjuna; later, she attained commercial and critical recognition for her roles in Sirf Tum (1999) and the comedy Biwi No.1 (1999). The latter earned her the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. She has also acted in commercially successful films such as Aankhen (2002), Main Hoon Na (2004) – her biggest commercial success so far — and Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? (2005). She received critical acclaim for her female-oriented roles in films such as Filhaal... (2002), Samay: When Time Strikes (2003), Chingaari (2005), Zindaggi Rocks (2006), Aag (2007) and others.

Early life[edit]

Sen with her daughters Renee and Alishah at Raveena Tandon's show Isi Ka Naam Zindagi.

Sen was born into a Bengali family[5] in Hyderabad. Her parents are Shuber Sen, a former Indian Air Force Wing Commander, and Subhra Sen, a jewelry designer and owner of a Dubai-based store. She has two siblings, a sister named Neelam and a brother named Rajeev.[6]

She has attended Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute[7] in New Delhi and St. Ann's High School in Secunderabad, but did not pursue higher education.[2][8][9]

Sushmita Sen at Harmony Foundation's Mother Teresa Memorial Awards

Personal life[edit]

Sushmita Sen made history by adopting a baby girl named Renée[3][10] in 2000. She, as a single woman of only 25 years of age, was not viewed as socially acceptable to obtain the guardianship of the baby. However, the High Court of Bombay quashed the appeal and she obtained gain of cause. On 13 January 2010, she adopted a three-month-old girl and named her Alisah.[3]

Sushmita Sen at Raveena's chat show

Miss Universe[edit]

In 1994, as a teenager, Sen won the title of Femina Miss India. Sen then won the 1994 Miss Universe Pageant, held in Manila, Philippines, representing India.[11]

At Miss Universe, Sen ranked third overall in the preliminaries, right behind preliminary winner Miss Colombia Carolina Gómez, and Miss Greece Rea Totounzi, who ranked second but won the preliminary swimsuit and evening gown competitions. Sen went on to place second, fifth and third in the swimsuit, India to the Miss Universe pageant from 2010-2012 through her project I Am She – Miss Universe India.[12]

Miss Universe 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 Miss Universe 2016 beauty pageant.[13] Sen has been invited to judge the pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines last January 30, 2017 (January 29, 2017 US time). Joining her to judge are Cynthia Bailey, Mickey Boardman, Francine LaFrak, Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes, and Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres.[14]

Film career[edit]


Sushmita with the cast of her movie Filhaal.

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 movie Biwi No.1 won her the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award in 1999. Biwi No.1 was the second highest-grossing movie of 1999.[15] The same year, she was also nominated for her role in Sirf Tum in the same category. Following her dance song in Fiza known as 'Mehboob Mere', she tried to make a niche for her career in the Indian film cinema.[citation needed]

Sushmita at Esha Deol 's wedding reception


She received critical acclaim and box office success for film Aankhen starring opposite Arjun Rampal. The film co-starred Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Aditya Pancholi and Paresh Rawal. So far, her biggest hit has been the 2004 movie Main Hoon Na, in which she starred as Shahrukh Khan's love interest. The film grossed a total of Rs 330,000,000 and was the second best selling movie of that year.[16] 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.

Sen walks for Manish Malhotra for Empower Girl Child show in 2012


Sushmita plays the role of a successful supermodel called Shimmer in Dulha Mil Gaya; the film was a moderate success that year.[17]

Sushmita inaugurates Naturals Unisex Salon in New Delhi in the year 2012

In 2015, she did a Bengali film Nirbaak.[18]

Sen at the homecoming of Himangini Singh Yadu after winning Miss Supertalent in 2012


Year Film Role Other notes
1996 Dastak Sushmita Sen
1997 Zor Aarti
1997 Ratchagan Soniya Tamil film
1999 Sirf Tum Neha Nominated—Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
1999 Hindustan Ki Kasam Priya
1999 Biwi No.1 Rupali Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
1999 Mudhalvan Special appearance (song)
Tamil film
2000 Aaghaaz Sudha
2000 Fiza Special appearance (song)
2001 Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta Sonam
2001 Nayak: The Real Hero Special appearance (song)
2001 Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai Lara Oberoi
2002 Aankhen Neha Srivastav
2002 Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge Mehak
2002 Filhaal... Sia Sheth Nominated—Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
2003 Samay: When Time Strikes ACP Malvika Chauhan
2003 Pran Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye Herself Special appearance
2004 Vaastu Shastra Dr. Jhilmil Rao
2004 Main Hoon Na Miss Chandni Chopra
2004 Paisa Vasool Baby
2005 Chingaari Basanti
2005 Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? Naina
2005 Main Aisa Hi Hoon Advocate Neeti Khanna/Neeti Chhahal
2005 Bewafaa Aarti
2005 Kisna: The Warrior Poet Naima Begum Special appearance (song)
2005 It Was Raining That Night Ayesha Sahani Bengali / English language film
2006 Zindaggi Rocks Kriya
2006 Alag Special appearance (song)
2007 Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag Durga/Devi aka Durga Devi
2009 Karma Aur Holi Meera
2009 Do Knot Disturb Kiran
2010 Dulha Mil Gaya Shimmer Kanhai
2010 No Problem Kajal
2016 Happy Anniversary
2015 Nirbaak
2016 Jodi emon hoto

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of acting awards and nominations
Year Film Award Category Result
2000 Biwi No.1 Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
2000 Sirf Tum Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2000 Biwi No.1 Star Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
2000 Sirf Tum Star Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2000 Sirf Tum IIFA Awards IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award Nominated
2000 Biwi No.1 IIFA Awards IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award Won
2000 Biwi No.1 Zee Cine Award Best Supporting Actress Won
2003 Filhaal... Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2003 Filhaal... Star Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2003 Filhaal... IIFA Awards IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award Nominated
2003 Filhaal... Zee Cine Award Best Supporting Actress Won
2004 Samay: When Time Strikes Star Screen Awards Best Actress Nominated
2005 Main Hoon Na Zee Cine Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2006 Rajiv Gandhi Award Achievement in Bollywood Won
2013 Mother Teresa Awards Social Justice Won[19]
2016 Indian Affairs India Leadership Conclave Eternal Beauty & Actress of the Decade Won[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Bollywood beauty Sushmita Sen turns 40". The Indian Express. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Sushmita Sen turns a year older: Lesser known facts". India Today. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c IANS (21 May 2010). "News : Sushmita Sen now wants a biological child". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Gupta, Pratim D. (20 April 2007). "Calcutta : Frontpage". The Telegraph. Kolkota, India. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Fans wish Zeenat, Sushmita on birthday". 23 November 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sushmita Sen with Father". Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Sen, Sushmita. "Biography for Sushmita Sen". IMDB. 
  8. ^ Ganesh S Lakshman (12 February 2006). "MCH bulldozers may force St. Ann's to relocate". Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Sharma, Garima (6 March 2010). "No college degree for Sushmita Sen". Times Of India. TNN. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Sush consoles Renee". Deccan Chronicle. 5 February 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "The Hindu Business Line : Coke-Sushmita Sen deal cancelled". 16 July 2003. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "I'm a born entrepreneur: Sen Sen". Hindustan Times. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  13. ^ 23 years after Sushmita Sen won, she was back at Miss Universe pageant
  14. ^ "Sen as a judge of 65th Miss Universe". Heavy. January 29, 2017. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  15. ^ "". Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  16. ^ "". Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  17. ^ "Dulha Mil Gaya is my project out and out: Sushmita Sen". 
  18. ^ Sushmita Sen's Bengali Film Nirbaak 'Big Moment' For Her Father
  19. ^ "Harmony Foundation to host Mother Teresa awards on Nov 9". Daily News and Analysis. 8 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "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 2016-07-21. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Puerto Rico Dayanara Torres
Miss Universe
Succeeded by
United States Chelsi Smith
Preceded by
Namrata Shirodkar
Femina Miss India
Succeeded by
Manpreet Brar