Whether it was her choice of unconventional roles, her relationships or adopting two daughters as a single woman, Sushmita Sen has always shattered the glass ceiling and how! Never afraid to live life on her own terms, the actor has weathered many storms, whether it was her career, relationships or a recent health scare in the form of a heart attack. As the diva stands tall and turns 48 today, we revisit some facts about the ‘chunari chunari’ girl..

When she wanted to withdraw from the Miss India pageant
In the 1994 Miss India beauty pageant, SushmitaSen and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were contenders for the coveted title.

While Aishwarya had already gained popularity through her successful modeling career, Sushmita was relatively unknown in comparison and thought she stands no chance against Aishwarya. She wanted to withdraw her candidature, however, despite her initial lack of confidence, Sushmita decided to participate in the pageant. Much to everyone’s surprise, she emerged victorious, beating Aishwarya for the Miss India title.
No designer outfit at Miss Universe 1994
At the 1994 Miss Universe beauty pageant, Sushmita Sen made a bold and budget-friendly statement by eschewing a high-end designer gown. Financial constraints led her to opt for a dress crafted by a local tailor in Delhi, rather than the lavish ensembles typically associated with such competitions. In a resourceful touch, even the elegant gloves she donned during the final round were ingeniously fashioned from socks, skillfully trimmed by her mother. Sushmita’s choice not only showcased her financial resilience, but also added a unique and personal touch to her Miss Universe journey.

Sushmita Sen-Rohman Shawl, Shahid Kapoor-Mira Rajput lead celebs roll call at Shilpa Shetty’s grand Diwali bash

Choosing love over blood
At the age of 24, Sushmita Sen defied societal norms in Bollywood by choosing adoption over the conventional path of marriage and biological motherhood. While her contemporaries were engrossed in marriages and raising biological children, Sushmita embarked on a unique journey of motherhood. Explaining the concept of adoption to her first adopted daughter, Renee, Sushmita had said, ‘Biological is boring… everybody is born from somebody’s stomach. Why would you want that? You’re special because you are born from the heart!’ Later, she extended her loving family by adopting her second child, Alisah, reaffirming her belief in the profound and inclusive nature of motherhood.

Stellar rise with ‘Sirf Tum‘ in 1999
While Sushmita Sen initially gained attention with the Tamil musical ‘Ratchagan’ alongside Nagarjuna, it was her standout performance in the Bollywood film ‘Sirf Tum’ (1999) that catapulted her into stardom. The movie’s iconic song ‘Dilbar Dilbar,’ featuring the scintillating chemistry between Sushmita Sen and Sanjay Kapoor, emerged as a cultural sensation, becoming one of the unforgettable hits from the late ’90s.
Foray into OTT
In 2015, Sushmita Sen graced the Bengali cinema with ‘Nirbaak,’ marking her last silver screen appearance to date. Although her film endeavors paused, Sushmita made a remarkable return in 2020 with the OTT series ‘Aarya.’ Her enduring charm and unparalleled stardom remains unchallenged, making her an irreplaceable icon in the industry. With a massive fanbase both nationally and globally, Sushmita continues to captivate hearts.
Here’s wishing the ever-graceful diva a year filled with prosperity and joy…

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