The world was stunned when at the age of 18, Sushmita Sen waved her hand with the coveted Miss Universe crown on her head on May 21, 1994. Sushmita, who became inspiration for middle class Indian girls, is the first Indian woman ever to win the Miss Universe crown. From beauty pageant to films Sushmita has come a long way. Here 'Sakhi' takes you to a ride of this vivacious beauty’s unconventional journey of life.

Sushmita is independent:

Like every beauty queen, Suhsmita also decided to try his luck in Bollywood. She started her filmy career with Dastak, a Mahesh Bhatt production movie. The euphoria amongst the masses to see Miss Universe perform on the celluloid ended with the film flopping at the box office. Despite having perfect look, figure and the oomph factor, she failed to woo the audiences. On being asked, Mahesh Bhatt said, “Unlike other beauty queens, Sush has never been serious about her filmy career. She is an independent girl with out of the box thinking. With her bold decisions and deeds she has always put herself out of the league. She is successful and happy in her own way as the success of a person is gauged by the extent of his or her satisfaction.” She is such a woman who never cares for the society. Breaking all the social norms, she loved live-in relationship with director Vikram Bhatt. Challenging the constitution of marriage at the age of 25, she adopted two baby girls, Rene and Alisha. She plays the role of a father and an adorable mother with aplomb to her daughters.

Life is successful:

When it comes to personal life, Sushmita is very much successful. She is a bold and independent woman who lives life on her own terms and conditions. In 2010, she ventured into partnership with Tantra Entertainment Private Limited, becoming the president of the "I Am She - Miss Universe India" contest, the winner of which earns the right to represent India at the annually held Miss Universe Pageant. With this initiative she broke the monopoly of an organization that was behind all beauty pageants in India. Though initially she had to face problem due to sponsorship, nothing could not stop her from achieving whatever she wanted.

Sometimes ago there was a buzz in media that Sushmita would play the role of Benazir Bhutto in a biopic. It is said that Sushmita was keen on doing this role as Benazir set example for women across Pakistan and other South Asian countries in the world with her power and political understandings.

Behind the camera

Though Sushmita has not been seen in movie for long, her love for light, camera and action has not faded away. Now this Bong diva wants to don the hat of a director. Hope to see this dusky beauty behind the camera very soon.

(Ajay Brahmatmaj)