Sushmita Sen is an Indian actress and model. She won the Miss Universe 1994 pageant, after previously winning Femina Miss India at age 18. Since her pageant wins, she has worked as an actress.Sen made her acting debut playing a fictionalised version of herself in the thriller Dastak (1996). She won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as the girlfriend of a married man in the comedy film Biwi No.1 (1999), and was also nominated in the category for her roles in the dramas Sirf Tum (1999) and Filhaal... (2002). Her other commercially successful films include Aankhen (2002), Main Hoon Na (2004), and Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? (2005). After a career downturn and hiatus, Sen starred in the drama series Aarya (2020–present), winning a Filmfare OTT Award, and portrayed transgender activist Shreegauri Sawant in the miniseries Taali (2023).