Sushmita's father Shubeer Sen is a former Indian air force officer; her
mother Subhra Sen worked as a fashion artist and jewelry designer. She has a
brother, Rajeev Sen, and a daughter, Renee, whom she adopted in 2001.
Sushmita's mother tongue is Bengali. She was born in Andra Pradesh, but grew up in Delhi. Her first schooling was at Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute and Air Force Silver in Dehli and later attended schools in Nagpur and Jorhat. In Dehli, she studied English and planned a career in journalism.
In 1994 at the age of eighteen, Sushmita Sen won the title of Miss India (beating out Aishwarya Rai). Later that year, she became the first Indian Miss Universe in the Miss Universe Pageant held in the Philippines. She then started working as an actress.
Sushmita Sen's first movie, Dastak in 1996, where she played the victim of a stalker, didn't do well at the cinema, but her appearance as Rupali in David Dhawan's movie Biwi No. 1 won her the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award in 1999. So far, her biggest hit has been the 2004 movie Main Hoon Na, in which she starred as Shah Rukh Khan's love interest. Later on, she played a lawyer in Main Aisa Hi Hoon opposite Ajay Devgan, a remake of I am Sam. Sen essayed the role of Michelle Pfeiffer. Her most recent movies include Chingari (2005) as a prostitue, Gulel (2006) and Karma, Confessions and Holi (2006) opposite Drena DeNiro and Naomi Campbell.
Sushmita Sen was romantically linked with Ricky Martin, Sanjay Narang, Vikram Bhatt and Randeep Hooda - and was recently linked with Manav Menon, a director and producer.
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