10 Bollywood Actresses Who Were Former Miss India, Miss World and Miss Universe



Tall, gracious and stylish, Sushmita Sen is a woman with a lot of substance. She won India its first Miss Universe title 23 years ago and wrote her name in the history with golden letters. It was an achievement that India celebrates till date. After winning the title in 1994, like most of beauty pageant winners, Sushmita too made her foray into films and did quite a few notable films. Though she is no more active in her movie career, the charming lady remains one of the most popular and beautiful women India has ever seen the presence of.

Sushmita had started taking up modeling assignments even before winning the Miss Universe crown in the year 1994. Once she took the crown home, many filmmakers showed their interest in signing her and offered her bags full of films. Sushmita waited for right opportunities. In 1996, she started her acting career with the Hindi movie, ‘Dastak’. The film was directed by the veteran filmmaker, Mahesh Bhatt, and starred Mukul Dev and Sharad Kapoor opposite her. Announced with much fanfare ‘Dastak’ bombed at the box office.

Sushmita’s breakthrough performance in Tamil musical ‘Ratchagan’ was one of the great pleasures of 1997. The film starring Nagarjuna as the male lead emerged as one of the most successful ventures of the year, catapulting Sushmita to instant stardom. Later she achieved critical and commercial success in Hindi cinema when she appeared in films like ‘Sirf Tum’ (1999) and the comic caper ‘Biwi No.1’ (1999). In the David Dhawan starrer ‘Biwi No.1’, Sushmita was paired opposite Salman Khan. The film became a blockbuster and earned the actress the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. After ‘Sirf Tum’ and ‘Biwi No.1’, the former Miss Universe went on to star in several successful films like ‘Aankhen’ (2002), ‘Main Hoon Na’ (2004) and ‘Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya?’ (2005). Aside from acting in several potboilers, highly individualistic Sushmita has also done a number of women-centric films like ‘Filhaal…’ (2002), ‘Samay’ (2003), ‘Chingaari’ (2005), ‘Zindaggi Rocks’ (2006), ‘Aag’ (2007) to name a few.

TRIVIA: Contrary to popular beliefs that one has to wear an expensive designer wear, Sushmita chose to wear a gown made by a lesser known Meena Bazar tailor and Sushmita‘s mother!



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  2. Interesting…she finished graduation by age 16 and participated in Miss Universe at that age, which is against the pageant’s rule–contestants must be at least 18 years of age. I am sure her DOB is not correct. She has to be born before much before the DOB you have mentioned here.

  3. Can you select a Miss India or World from Black community or dark competition girl. The world goes like Beauty pageant means light skins. India is native to more than billion brown skin people. We have represent at least once in few years select a dark complexion human and be humane.


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