Sushmita Sen at the premiere of the movie Dulha Mil Gaya.
|Born||Sushmita Sen |
19 November 1975 (1975-11-19)
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Years active||1994 - present|
BiographySen was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh to a Bengali Hindu family. Her father, Shubeer Sen, is a former Indian Air Force Wing Commander and her mother, Subhra Sen, is a fashion artist and jewelry designer. She has a brother, Rajeev Sen. She was born in St. Theresa's hospital, Hyderabad, and grew up in New Delhi. She attended school at the Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute.
In 2000, she adopted a daughter, named Renee. On 13 Jan, 2010 she adopted a three-month-old girl and named her Alisah.
Miss UniverseIn 1994, at the age of eighteen, Sushmita won the title of Femina Miss India beating Aishwarya Rai, who was the runner up. Sen represented India at the 1994 Miss Universe Pageant, held in Manila, Philippines and won there.
At Miss Universe, Sushmita 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. Sushmita went on to place second, fifth and third in the swimsuit, interview, and evening gown semi-final competitions respectively, placing 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. She owns the rights to send delegates from India to the Miss Universe pageant from 2010 onwards through her project I Am She – Miss Universe India.
Film careerDavid Dhawan's movie Biwi No.1 won her the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award in 1999. Biwi No.1 was the highest grossing movie of 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. She received critical acclaim and box office success for film Aankhen.
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 340,000,000 and was the second best selling movie of that year. 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. Her most recent movies include Karma, Confessions and Holi (2006) opposite Naomi Campbell, Do Knot Disturb, Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag (2007) and Dulha Mil Gaya (2010) opposite Fardeen Khan.
It has been reported that Sushmita will portray the slain Pakistan Peoples Party leader Benazir Bhutto in a film co-produced by Zaid Aziz and Henna Rai of the Karachi production company Vox Vision, and Leicester-based Sum Films. Tentatively titled Benazir Bhutto: The Movie, the film will be shot in locations in Pakistan, the US, Britain and Dubai, where Bhutto spent years as a student and later as a political leader in exile. When Sushmita was asked about this big opportunity, she excitedly said, “Yes, I am keen to play the role.”
Recently she starred in Do Knot Disturb with long-time screen partner Govinda. The film failed to do well. Sushmita plays the role of a successful supermodel called Shimmer in Dulha Mil Gaya.
Awards and nominations
Filmfare Awards2000: Best Supporting Actress winner for Biwi No.1 (1999)
2000: Best Supporting Actress nomination for Sirf tum (1999)
2003: Best Supporting Actress nomination for Filhaal (2002)
Star Screen Awards2001 Best Supporting Actress winner for Biwi No.1
2004 Best Actress nomination for Samay: When Time Strikes
IIFA Awards2000 IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award winner for Biwi No.1
Zee Cine Awards2000: Best Supporting Actress winner for Biwi No.1 (1999)
2003: Best Supporting Actress winner for Filhaal (2002)
2005: Best Supporting Actress nomination for Main Hoon Na (2004)
National honours2006: Rajiv Gandhi Award for her achievement in Bollywood
|Ratchagan||Soniya||Tamil film |
Dubbed into Telugu as Rakshakudu
|1999||Sirf Tum||Neha||Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award|
|Hindustan Ki Kasam||Priya|
|Biwi No.1||Rupali||Winner, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award|
|Fiza||Guest Appearance (song)|
|2001||Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta||Sonam|
|Nayak: The Real Hero||Special Appearance (song)|
|Mudhalvan||Tamil film |
Special Appearance (song)
|Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai||Lara Oberoi|
|Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge||Mehak|
|Filhaal...||Sia Sheth||Nomination, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award|
|2003||Samay: When Time Strikes||ACP Malvika Chauhan|
|Pran Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye||Herself||Special Appearance|
|2004||Vaastu Shastra||Jhilmil Rao|
|Main Hoon Na||Chandni|
|Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya?||Naina|
|Main Aisa Hi Hoon||Neeti Khanna|
|Kisna||Naima Begum||Special Appearance (song)|
|It Was Raining That Night|
|Alag||Special appearance (song)|
|2007||Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag||Durga|
|2009||Karma, Confessions and Holi||Meera||English film|
|Do Knot Disturb||Kiran|
|2010||Dulha Mil Gaya||Shimmer|