India Tribune is serializing profiles of top Bollywood sex symbols of all time. Bollywood sex symbols have been creating storms across India and worldwide. The list consists of female icons of Bollywood, who have impacted the history and changed the face of Bollywood.
Sushmita Sen: Hyderabad born Sushmita Sen (November 19, 1974) grew up in Delhi and won the title of Miss Universe in 1994. Not only is she one of the most beautiful women in the Universe, she’s the first Indian title holder. Soon after winning, Sushmita entered Bollywood with her debut film Dastak (1996), opening to mediocre reviews. Like many actresses before her, Sushmita’s career came off to a rocky start. Bollywood critics nearly wrote her off as being just another pretty face and constantly compared her to Aishwarya Rai, who won the Miss World title the year before. She eventually proved herself as one of Bollywood’s leading ladies in David Dhawan’s Biwi No. 1 (1999) with Salman Khan, Sirf Tum (1999) with Sanjay Kapoor, Filhaal with Tabbu (2002), Main Hon Na with Shah Rukh Khan (2004) and Samay with Sushant Singh (2004), Bewafa with Anil Kapoor (2005) and Main Aisa Hi Hoon with Ajay Devgan (2005).
Why she’s sexy: She is sexy because Sushmita, the Bengali bombshell, challenges traditional wisdom about beauty being only for those who are fair skinned. Standing at 5’10”, she towers over most of her male co-stars.
Her impact on Bollywood: She brought back the trend of having Bengali leading ladies on the silver screen.
Interesting fact: Sushmita Sen has an adopted daughter named Renee, and has a degree in English Literature.