As Sushmita Sen’s latest OTT web series Aarya Season Antim Vaar’s release is around the corner, let’s look at some of her memorable films over the decades.
It has been 30 long years since Sushmita Sen was crowned Miss Universe in 1994. Making her Hindi film debut two years later and having played a variety of roles in her career, Sen has definitely come a long way . Be it her comic timing in Biwi No. 1 or playing herself in the debut movie Dastak to essaying popular roles in commercially successful films, such as Aankhen and Main Hoon Na, Sen has donned the hats of many versatile characters. As her latest OTT web series Aarya Season Antim Vaar’s release is around the corner, let’s look at some of her memorable films over the decades.
Sirf Tum (1999)
Helmed by Tamil film director Agathian, Sirf Tum (Only You) was a remake of the 1996 Tamil film Kadhal Kottai. Sushmita Sen played a cameo role in the film that released on June 4, 1999. Well, not for the acting, but for her sizzling dance performance in the song Dilbar is what Sushmita Sen is remembered for in this movie even today. The story, though, is a good old love triangle, involving Sanjay Kapoor, Priya Gill and Sushmita Sen.
When Deepak Rai (Sanjay Kapoor) finds a purse, it is filled with Aarti's (Priya Gill) educational certificates. After learning that she resides in Nainital, he mails her belongings back to her, beginning a long-lasting letter exchange among them. One day, Aarti sets off on a quest to find Deepak without telling him she is coming. Deepak has an employment contract with his supervisor Neha (Sushmita Sen) in Delhi, thus he presently resides there. Neha has feelings for Deepak but not vice-versa, making things worse. He longs to be with Aarti. How the characters of Deepak and Aarti finally unite makes for the rest of the plot.
Streaming platform – ZEE5
Biwi No. 1 (1999)
Directed by David Dhawan, Biwi No. 1 was a remake of the 1995 Tamil film Sathi Leelavathi. A typical Bollywood love triangle, Biwi No. 1 told the audience the story of Prem Mehra (Salman Khan) being happily married to the devoted but conventional Pooja Khanna (Karisma Kapoor). Trouble erupts in their paradise when Rupali Walia’s character essayed by Sushmita Sen walks into Prem’s office for an interview, and thus begins their extramarital affair. No sooner than the homemaker in Pooja finds out about her husband cheating on her, she begins a quest to bring him back to both their home and life.
Streaming platforms – Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video
Directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah, Aankhen was an adaptation of Shah's own Gujarati play Andhalo Pato (Blindman's Buff). The heist thriller, featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Sushmita Sen, Akshay Kumar, Aditya Pancholi and Arjun Rampal, made its global premiere during the 3rd IIFA Awards ceremony on April 5, 2002, in Malaysia.
The movie centered on Vijay Singh Rajput (Amitabh Bachchan) - a dedicated but erratic man who having worked for a bank his entire life gets wrongfully fired. Thereafter, he resolves to exact revenge by planning a heist and having three blind men—Kumar, Rampal, and Rawal—rob the bank. To further his motives, Bachchan blackmails Sushmita Sen (Neha Srivastav), a schoolteacher to train the three blind men on how to pull off the seemingly impossible crime.
Streaming platform – Amazon Prime Video
Meghna Gulzar debut directorial, Filhaal starring Sushmita Sen, Tabu, Sanjay Suri and Palash Sen was released on April 3, 2002. Sia Sheth (Sushmita Sen) and Rewa Singh (Tabu) are friends for life. Despite Rewa's marriage to Dhruv Malhotra (Sanjay Suri), their relationship has grown. When Rewa and Dhruv announce their pregnancy, everyone is happy. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Rewa loses the baby and is even more saddened to learn that she will no longer be able to conceive. Sia steps in to save her, offering to be a surrogate mother. Rewa is cheered by this, and plans are made to prepare for the upcoming baby. Subsequently, Sia begins to question if she should keep the child for herself, and an insecure Rewa begins to have doubts about her husband since she believes he is spending too much time with Sia. The movie garnered positive reviews from critics, particularly for Sushmita Sen's performance, for which she was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Streaming platforms – Amazon Prime Video and JioCinema
Main Hoon Na (2004)
Helmed by ace Bollywood choreographer Farah Khan who turned director with this movie, Main Hoon Na was a full-on Hindi masala entertainer. Produced by Red Chillies Entertainment, the film tells the story of Major Ram Prasad Sharma (Shah Rukh Khan), a valiant army soldier who poses as a college student to safeguard Sanjana (Amrita Rao), the daughter of a general. Ram must negotiate the difficulties of love and family as well as the numerous disputes and obstacles that crop up while he infiltrates the college.
Several narratives play along simultaneously while we see Chandni Chopra (Sushmita Sen) dazzle everyone as a chemistry teacher with her jaw-dropping entry in a red saree. While Lakshman (Zayed Khan) falls in love with Sanjana after Ram and Chandni give her a makeover, Ram falls in love with Chandni. At prom, Raghavan (Suniel Shetty) gives the order to kidnap Chandni, but Ram saves her. The film went on to become 2004’s second-highest commercially successful film, grossing ₹84 crore at the box office.
Streaming platform – Netflix