“Most people don’t have the guts to live like this. In a society like ours, Sushmita Sen was ahead of the curve who didn’t believe in picking up characters whose ultimate goal was to get married,” choreographer-director Farah Khan told HuffingPost in an interview. And boy, she is every bit right!
Tall, attractive, charming and articulate, Sushmita Sen is a perfect combination of beauty with brains who has always lived life on her own terms. Whether it’s her work or her personal life, the diva has been a role model for women across the globe with her unconventional choices. Even when pitted against some of the biggies like the Khans in films, the Main Hoon Na star still managed to be a show-stealer in her own way.
As Sushmita Sen turns 45 today (November 19, 2020), we give you five reasons why the actress will always remain our ‘Dilbar’.
When an 18-year-old Sushmita Sen hailing from a modest Bengali family, became the first Indian woman to be crowned Miss Universe in 1994, it inspired millions of women across the country to give their dreams a shot. But, the win was not an easy one for Ms Sen. Former Femina editor Sathya Saran recalled in an interview with Rediff, “Just before the Miss Universe pageant, Sushmita came to me and cried. She didn’t think she stood a chance because she was dark and thin and had black eyes whereas all the other contestants were tall and blonde. I told her that she would stand out if she believed in herself.”