Sushmita Sen

Sushmita Sen

Sushmita Sen (Shushmita Sen, Hindi, सुष्मिता सेन, Suśmitā Sen) was born on November 19, 1975 in Kolkata, West Bengal. She is a well-known Bollywood actress who has also appeared in few Tamil films and was Miss Universe in 1994.

Personal life

Sushmita was born in a Bengali family to Shubeer Sen, a former Indian Air Force Wing Commander and Subhra Sen, worked as a fashion artist and jewelery designer. She has a brother, Rajeev Sen and a sister, Neelam Sen. She was born St.Theresa's hospital, Hyderabad, and grew up in New Delhi. She attended school at Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute studying English, and had career plans in journalism. She has been linked romantically to several people. In 2000, she adopted a girl, Renee, as a single mother.

Miss Universe

In 1994, at the age of eighteen, Sushmita won the title of Miss India beating out Aishwarya Rai. Sen represented India at the Miss Universe Pageant, held in Manila, Philippines.

At Miss Universe, Sushmita ranked third overall in the preliminaries, right behind preliminary winner Miss Colombia Carolina Gomez, and Miss Greece Rea Totounzi, who ranked second but won the preliminary swimsuit and evening gown competitions. Sushmita went on to place second, fifth and third in the swimsuit, interview, and evening gown semi-final competitions respectively, placing her in third place behind Miss Colombia and Miss Venezuela Minorka Mercado. All three women went on to be the final three contestants. In the end, the judges placed their votes on Sushmita, making her the first woman from India to become Miss Universe.

Sushmita's supposed rival at the Miss India pageant, Aishwarya Rai, went on to win the 1994 Miss World contest.


Sushmita became an actress. Her first movie, Dastak in 1996, where she played the victim of a stalker, didn't do well at the box office. Her subsequent Tamil film Ratchagan, was a huge hit. However, it was two years later that her appearance as Rupali in David Dhawan's movie Biwi No.1 won her the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award in 1999. The same year, she was also nominated for her role in Sirf Tum in the same category, making her an obvious choice for winner.

So far, her biggest hit has been the 2004 movie Main Hoon Na, in which she starred as Shahrukh Khan's love interest. Later on, she 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. Her most recent movies include Karma, Confessions and Holi (2006) opposite Naomi Campbell, Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag (2007) and the recently announced Dulha Mil Gaya (2007) opposite Shahrukh Khan.

Awards & Nominations

Filmfare Awards

2000: Best Supporting Actress win for Biwi No.1 (1999)

2003: Best Supporting Actress nomination for Filhaal (2002)

Star Screen Awards

2001 Best Supporting Actress win for Biwi No.1

Zee Cine Awards

2000: Best Supporting Actress win for Biwi No.1 (1999)

2003: Best Supporting Actress win for Filhaal (2002)

2005: Best Supporting Actress nomination for Main Hoon Na (2004)

National honours

2006: Rajiv Gandhi Award for her achievement in Bollywood


Year Film Role Other notes
1996 Dastak Sushmita Sen
1997 Zor Aarti
Ratchagan Soniya Tamil film
Dubbed into Telugu as Rakshakudu
1999 Sirf Tum Neha
Hindustan Ki Kasam Priya
Biwi No.1 Rupali Winner, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
2000 Aaghaaz Sudha
Fiza Guest Appearance (song)
2001 Kyo...Kii Mein Jhuth Nahin Bolta Sonam
Nayak: The Real Hero Special Appearance (song)
Mudhalvan Tamil film
Special Appearance (song)
Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai Lara Oberoi
2002 Aankhen Neha Srivastav
Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge Mehak
Filhaal... Sia Sheth Nomination, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
2003 Samay: When Time Strikes ACP Malvika Chauhan
Pran Jaaye Par Shaan Na Jaaye Herself Special Appearance
2004 Vaastu Shastra Jhilmil Rao
Main Hoon Na Chandni
Paisa Vasool Baby
2005 Chingaari Basanti
Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? Naina
Main Aisa Hi Hoon Neeti Khanna
Bewafaa Aarti
Kisna Naima Begum Special Appearance (song)
It Was Raining That Night
2006 Zindaggi Rocks Kriya
Alag Special appearance (song)
2007 Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag Durga
2008 Dulha Mil Gaya Lisa DD Shelved
Karma, Confessions and Holi Meera English film

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