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Sushmita Sen

Sushmita Sen (born 19 November 1975)[1][2] is an Indian actress, model who was crowned Femina Miss India Universe in 1994 and she later won the Miss Universe 1994 contest at the age of 18. Sen is the first Indian woman to win the competition.[6] Primarily known for her work in Hindi films, she has also appeared in Tamil and Bengali language films. She has won several accolades including a Filmfare Award.

Sushmita Sen
Sushmita Sen Manish M B'day Bash.jpg
Sen in 2016
Born (1975-11-19) 19 November 1975 (age 43)[1][2]
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India[4]
EducationSt. Ann's High School, Secunderabad[5]
Years active1994–present
TitleFemina Miss India 1994 (Winner)
Miss Universe 1994 (Winner)
AwardsFull list
Sushmita Sen Signature.jpg

After completing her reign as Miss Universe, Sen began receiving various offers to act in movies. She made her acting debut with the Hindi film Dastak in 1996. The Tamil musical Ratchagan (1997) was her first commercial success. She rose to prominence by featuring as the female lead in several top-grossing films including Sirf Tum (1999), Hindustan Ki Kasam (1999), Biwi No.1 (1999), Aankhen (2002), Main Hoon Na (2004) – her biggest commercial success so far, and Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? (2005), and received critical recognition with female-oriented roles in films such as Filhaal... (2002), Samay: When Time Strikes (2003), Chingaari (2005) and Zindaggi Rocks (2006).

In addition to acting in films, Sen has been an active stage performer and has stood up for social causes and was honoured at the Mother Teresa Awards 2013 for her social works.[7] At the Indian Leadership Conclave 2016, she was awarded with the "Eternal Beauty & Actress of the Decade'" award for her contribution in the field of Arts.[8] She has also judged the Miss Universe 2016 beauty pageant. Sen is a single mother of two daughters.


Early lifeEdit

Sen was born into a Bengali Baidya[9] family[6] in Hyderabad. Her parents are Shubeer 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.[10]

She has attended Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute[11] in New Delhi and St. Ann's High School in Secunderabad, but did not pursue higher education.[2][12][13]


Femina Miss IndiaEdit

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.[14]

Miss UniverseEdit

At the Miss Universe contest, Sen ranked third overall in the preliminaries, behind Miss Colombia Carolina Gómez and Miss Greece Rea Totounzi. 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.[15]

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). In 2013, Femina was awarded the contract back.[16]

Miss Universe 2016Edit

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.[17] The pageant took place at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines on January 30, 2017. Joining her as judges were Cynthia Bailey, Mickey Boardman, Francine LaFrak, Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes, and Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres.[18]

Film careerEdit


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 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.[19] The same year, she was also nominated for her role in Sirf Tum in the same category. She appeared in a dance song in the movie Fiza, in the year 2000.


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. 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.[20] 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.[21] She additionally appeared in the action-comedy film No Problem the same year.[22] In 2015, she starred in a Bengali drama film titled Nirbaak.[23] In Sushmita's career, this was her first film in Bengali language.[24]

Personal lifeEdit

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

Sen adopted a baby girl in 2000 and a second girl in 2010.[3][25]


Year Film Role Other notes
1996 Dastak Sushmita Sen
1997 Zor Aarti
1997 Ratchagan Soniya Tamil film
1999 Sirf Tum Neha
1999 Hindustan Ki Kasam Priya
1999 Biwi No.1 Rupali
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
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
2015 Nirbaak
TBA Happy Anniversary TBA

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Film Result
2000 Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Biwi No.1 Won
Best Supporting Actress Sirf Tum Nominated
Star Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Biwi No.1 Won
Best Supporting Actress Sirf Tum Nominated
IIFA Awards IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award Nominated
IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award Biwi No.1 Won
Zee Cine Award Best Supporting Actress Won
2003 Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Filhaal... Nominated
Star Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
IIFA Awards IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award Nominated
Zee Cine Award Best Supporting Actress Won
2004 Star Screen Awards Best Actress Samay: When Time Strikes Nominated
2005 Stardust Award Star of the Year -Female Main Hoon Na Nominated
2005 Zee Cine Award Best Supporting Actress Main Hoon Na Nominated
2006 Rajiv Gandhi Award Achievement in Bollywood N/A Won
2013 Mother Teresa Awards Social Justice N/A Won[26]
2016 Indian Affairs India Leadership Conclave Eternal Beauty & Actress of the Decade N/A Won[27]
2016 GeoSpa AsiaSpa India Awards Woman of Substance Award N/A Won
2017 Lux Golden Rose Awards Timeless Beauty Award N/A Nominated[28]
2018 I Am Woman Awards Woman of Substance Award N/A Won[29]

See alsoEdit


  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 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. ^ "From Sushmita Sen to Diana Hayden, see how educated your favourite Indian beauty pageant winners are". India Times. 25 July 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Fans wish Zeenat, Sushmita on birthday". 23 November 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Harmony Foundation to host Mother Teresa awards on Nov 9". DNA India. 8 November 2014.
  8. ^ "aInspiring Youth Icon Sushmita Sen Bags The Prestigious "Eternal Beauty & Actress Of The Decade" At India Leadership Conclave. 2016". Indianaffairs tv. 12 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Interview of Jisshu Sengupta". Anandabazar Patrika. 15 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Sushmita Sen with Father". Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  11. ^ Sen, Sushmita. "Biography for Sushmita Sen". IMDB.
  12. ^ Ganesh S Lakshman (12 February 2006). "MCH bulldozers may force St. Ann's to relocate". Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  13. ^ Sharma, Garima (6 March 2010). "No college degree for Sushmita Sen". Times Of India. TNN. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  14. ^ "The Hindu Business Line : Coke-Sushmita Sen deal cancelled". 16 July 2003. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  15. ^ "Miss Universe 1994 - Full results". Critical Beauty. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  16. ^ "I'm a born entrepreneur: Sushmita Sen". Hindustan Times. 13 July 2011. Archived from the original on 18 November 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  17. ^ "23 years after Sushmita Sen won, she was back at Miss Universe pageant. See pics". 31 January 2017.
  18. ^ "Sen as a judge of 65th Miss Universe". Heavy. January 29, 2017. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  19. ^ "". Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  20. ^ "". Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  21. ^ "Dulha Mil Gaya is my project out and out: Sushmita Sen". Archived from the original on 23 January 2010.
  22. ^ Taran Adarsh (2009). "Anil Kapoor finalises the principal cast of 'No Problem'". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2009-06-16.
  23. ^ "Sushmita Sen's Bengali Film Nirbaak 'Big Moment' For Her Father - NDTV Movies". 30 April 2015.
  24. ^ "The Susmita Sen connection". The Telegraph. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  25. ^ "Sush consoles Renee". Deccan Chronicle. 5 February 2011. Archived from the original on 25 January 2012.
  26. ^ "Harmony Foundation to host Mother Teresa awards on Nov 9". Daily News and Analysis. 8 November 2014.
  27. ^ "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.
  28. ^
  29. ^ "Being born as woman a huge award for Former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen".

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