Sushmita Sen, the first Indian to win the Miss Universe pageant held at Manila, Philippines 1994 was born on November 19, 1975 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Daughter of an Air Force Commander her family of Bengali origin was posted in Nagpur, then Jorhat, and finally in Delhi. She did her schooling with English Honors predominantly in the Air Force Silver School.
She was interested in modelling and took part in one or two fashion shows during her school days. After she finished her plus two, she participated in the Femina Miss India contest and from then on there was no looking back. 172.5cm tall girl, with her girl next-door looks shot to fame when she became The Femina Miss India in 1994. Her main assets- an intelligent mind, poise and linguistic competence finally won her the coveted Miss Universe Crown. Eighteen year old Sushmita Sen, the youngest among the 76 contestants charmed a million viewers as well as the judges with her amazing mental acumen.
After she won the crown she got more opportunities for modeling followed by a competitive career in Bollywood. Her first stint in the film world was a south Indian movie, ' Rakshakan' followed by 'Dastak' in Hindi. Her films in Hindi include 'Biwi No.1', 'Sirf Tum', 'Nayak' and so on. She has proved her mettle and excels in whatever she does, be it acting or dancing. Her dance numbers like 'Shakalaka baby' in Nayak, 'Mehaboob Mere' in Fiza has been much appreciated. She got rave reviews for the convincing portrayal of her character in the film 'Filhaal'. She won the best supporting actress award in the year 2000 for her role in 'Biwi No 1'. 'Main Hoon Naa' released in 2004, was one of the biggest hits of her career and her role in 'Vaastu-Shastra' the same year was very much appreciated.
In 2005, she played a lawyer in 'Main Aisa Hi Hoon' opposite Ajay Devgan and also starred in a remake of 'Cactus Flower', called 'Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya'. Her most recent movies include 'Zindaggi Rocks'(2006), 'Chingaari', 'Gulel' (2006) and 'Karma, Confessions and Holi' (2006).
On the personal front, Sushmita likes instrumental music, writes poetry and columns for newspapers and is fond of children. She has adopted a baby girl whom she has named Renee. This brilliant, down to earth personality remains a much sought after women even years after she won the Miss Universe title and has proved that she has much more in her than just beauty.
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