Sushmita Sen is an Indian film actress, model and beauty pageant title holder. She was crowned Miss Universe 1994 by outgoing title holder Dayanara Torres of Puerto Rico at the 43rd edition of the Miss Universe Pageant on May 20, 1994. She was the first woman of Indian origin to win the crown.
After completing her reign, Sen went on to pursue an acting career in Bollywood movies. She started her career with Dastak, a movie rumored to have been based on her life. She rose to stardom in Tamil blockbuster Ratchagan; later, she attained commercial and critical recognition for her roles in Sirf Tum and the comedy Biwi No.1. The latter earned her the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. She has also acted in commercially successful films such as Aankhen, Main Hoon Na - her biggest commercial success so far - and Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya?. She received critical acclaim for her female-oriented roles in films such as Filhaal..., Samay: When Time Strikes, Chingaari, Zindaggi Rocks, Aag and others.