As the star turns a year older today, viewers are rediscovering the magic of Sushmita Sen, thanks to her recent hit series Aarya. Beauty pageants are said to be an entry of sorts to films and after having won the Miss Universe crown in 1994, Sushmita Sen was much in demand indeed. Here’s looking at some of her best films down the years.
Biwi No 1
Sushmita played the other woman in this David Dhawan’s take on Pati Patni Aur Woh. The song, Chunri chunri, picturised on her became hugely famous. Prem (Salman Khan) is married to Pooja (Karisma Kapoor), and they are parents of two children. Rupali Walia (Sushmita Sen) arrives at Prem’s office to give an interview and he falls head over heels for her. She too begins to like him. Unlike his traditional, sanskari wife, Rupali is much more modern and fashionable. Pooja once discovers Prem at Rupali’s house and asks him to choose between her and Roopali. Prem chooses Rupali and moves in with her, leaving his children and mother (Himani Shivpuri) in Pooja’s care. How Pooja wins her husband back with the help of Prem’s pal Lakhan Singh (Anil Kapoor) forms the crux of the story.
The movie dealt with the sensitive issue of surrogate motherhood. It remains one of the most sensitive roles of her career. She plays a girl who says yes to be the surrogate mother of her best friend’s child and faces the complications that arise out of such a delicate relationship. Rewa Singh (Tabu) and Sia Sheth (Sushmita Sen) are best friends. Rewa gets married to Dhruv (Sanjay Suri). However, she goes into depression when she finds out she can’t conceive. Sia radically proposes to bear her child. However, this solution gives birth to its own set of complications. Rewa starts feeling envious of Sia, especially after the birth of a healthy baby.
Main Hoon Naa
The film marked the directorial debut of Farah Khan. Major Ram Prasad Sharma (Shah Rukh Khan) goes undercover in a college to keep an eye on Sanjana Bakshi, General Bakshi’s (Kabir Bedi) daughter. There, he reconciles with Lakshman Prasad Sharma, his half-brother and stepmother Madhu Sharma (Kirron Kher). Sushmita Sen played Miss Chandni Chopra, the chemistry teacher whom everyone fantasizes about. Ram too falls for her charms and the dream sequences featuring them are some of the most delightful scenes of the film.
Maine Pyaar Kyun Kia?
Samir (Salman Khan) is a very successful doctor who happens to be a ladies man as well. He’s commitment-phobic and doesn’t want to marry. Naina (Sushmita Sen), is his nurse who secretly loves him but has never spoken about her feelings. Whenever a girl starts getting too close, Samir puts her off saying he’s already married. He tries the trick on Sonia (Katrina Kaif), a beautiful young woman whom he’s currently having an affair with. Sonia wants to meet his wife and Samir introduces Naina, as well as her niece and nephew, as his wife and children. Later, he’s forced to get a ‘divorce’ from a wife he hasn’t married in order to marry Sonia. But he realises he doesn’t love her after all and she too isn’t truly in love with him. The only woman who truly loved him was Naina.
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