Sushmita Sen

Sushmita Sen (born 19 November 1975)[1][2] is an Indian film actress and model who was crowned Femina Miss India 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 films and has won a Filmfare Award.

Sushmita Sen
Sen in 2016
Born (1975-11-19) 19 November 1975[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

She made her acting debut with the Hindi film Dastak in 1996. The Tamil musical Ratchagan (1997) was her first commercial success. She then featured in several box-office hits, including Sirf Tum (1999), Biwi No.1 (1999), Aankhen (2002), Main Hoon Na (2004) and Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? (2005).

Early life

Sen was born into a Bengali Baidya[7] 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.[8]

She has attended Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute[9] in New Delhi and St. Ann's High School in Secunderabad, but did not pursue higher education.[2][10][11]


Femina Miss India

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.[12]

Miss Universe

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.[13]

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.[14]

Miss Universe 2016

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.[15] The pageant took place at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines on 30 January 2017. Joining her as judges were Cynthia Bailey, Mickey Boardman, Francine LaFrak, Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes, and Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres.[16]

Film career


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.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19] She additionally appeared in the action-comedy film No Problem the same year.[20] In 2015, she starred in a Bengali drama film titled Nirbaak.[21] In Sushmita's career, this was her first film in Bengali language.[22]

Personal life

Sen adopted a baby girl in 2000 and a second girl in 2010.[3][23] She is currently dating Rohman Shawl, who is a fashion model.[24][25]


YearFilmRoleOther notes
1996DastakSushmita Sen
1997RatchaganSoniaTamil film
1999Sirf TumNeha
1999Hindustan Ki KasamPriya
1999Biwi No.1Rupali
1999MudhalvanSpecial appearance (song)
Tamil film
2000FizaSpecial appearance (song)
2001Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin BoltaSonam
2001Nayak: The Real HeroSpecial appearance (song)
2001Bas Itna Sa Khwaab HaiLara Oberoi
2002AankhenNeha Srivastav
2002Tumko Na Bhool PaayengeMehak
2002Filhaal...Sia Sheth
2003Samay: When Time StrikesACP Malvika Chauhan
2003Pran Jaye Par Shaan Na JayeHerselfSpecial appearance
2004Vaastu ShastraDr. Jhilmil Rao
2004Main Hoon NaMiss Chandni Chopra
2004Paisa VasoolBaby
2005Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya?Naina
2005Main Aisa Hi HoonAdvocate Neeti Khanna/Neeti Chhahal
2005Kisna: The Warrior PoetNaima BegumSpecial appearance (song)
2005It Was Raining That NightAyesha SahaniBengali / English language film
2006Zindaggi RocksKriya
2006AlagSpecial appearance (song)
2007Ram Gopal Varma Ki AagDurga/Devi aka Durga Devi
2009Karma Aur HoliMeera
2009Do Knot DisturbKiran
2010Dulha Mil GayaShimmer Kanhai
2010No ProblemKajal
2015NirbaakBengali film
TBAHappy AnniversaryTBA

Awards and nominations

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
2001 Planet-Bollywood People's Choice Awards Best Supporting Actress Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai Nominated[26]
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[27]
2016 Indian Affairs India Leadership Conclave Eternal Beauty & Actress of the Decade N/A Won[28]
2016 GeoSpa AsiaSpa India Awards Woman of Substance Award N/A Won
2017 Lux Golden Rose Awards Timeless Beauty Award N/A Nominated[29]
2018 I Am Woman Awards Woman of Substance Award N/A Won[30]

See also


  1. "Bollywood beauty Sushmita Sen turns 40". The Indian Express. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  2. "Sushmita Sen turns a year older: Lesser known facts". India Today. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  3. 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. "Fans wish Zeenat, Sushmita on birthday". 23 November 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  7. "Interview of Jisshu Sengupta". Anandabazar Patrika. 15 March 2018.
  8. "Sushmita Sen with Father". Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  9. Sen, Sushmita. "Biography for Sushmita Sen". IMDB.
  10. Ganesh S Lakshman (12 February 2006). "MCH bulldozers may force St. Ann's to relocate". Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  11. Sharma, Garima (6 March 2010). "No college degree for Sushmita Sen". Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  12. "The Hindu Business Line : Coke-Sushmita Sen deal cancelled". 16 July 2003. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  13. "Miss Universe 1994 - Full results". Critical Beauty. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  14. "I'm a born entrepreneur: Sushmita Sen". Hindustan Times. 13 July 2011. Archived from the original on 18 November 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  15. "23 years after Sushmita Sen won, she was back at Miss Universe pageant. See pics". 31 January 2017.
  16. "Sen as a judge of 65th Miss Universe". Heavy. 29 January 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  17. "". Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  18. "". Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  19. "Dulha Mil Gaya is my project out and out: Sushmita Sen". Archived from the original on 23 January 2010.
  20. Taran Adarsh (2009). "Anil Kapoor finalises the principal cast of 'No Problem'". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 16 June 2009.
  21. "Sushmita Sen's Bengali Film Nirbaak 'Big Moment' For Her Father - NDTV Movies". 30 April 2015.
  22. "The Susmita Sen connection". The Telegraph. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  23. "Sush consoles Renee". Deccan Chronicle. 5 February 2011. Archived from the original on 25 January 2012.
  24. "Meet Rohman Shawl - Sushmita Sen's 11th boyfriend, his age, pictures and background". International Business Times. 26 October 2018.
  25. "Everything You Need To Know About Rohman Shawl, The New Hottie Sushmita Sen Is Dating". 25 January 2019.
  27. "Harmony Foundation to host Mother Teresa awards on Nov 9". Daily News and Analysis. 8 November 2014.
  28. "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 21 July 2016.
  30. "Being born as woman a huge award for Former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen".
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Dayanara Torres
Miss Universe
Succeeded by
Chelsi Smith
Preceded by
Namrata Shirodkar
Femina Miss India
Succeeded by
Manpreet Brar
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