She started her career with the Hindi film, Dastak.She rose to stardom with the Tamil musical Ratchagan opposite Nagarjuna; later, she attained commercial and critical recognition for her roles in Sirf Tum (1999) and the comedy Biwi No.1 (1999). Universe and present day actress is not ready to co-operate with Kalpana Lazmi to promote her much awaited film, Chingari.

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“I don’t know when I’ll be able to release my film…I can’t, until my leading lady Sushmita Sen decides to promote and project the film.” And why is it so important for Sushmita to promote this film? Chingari, without Sush, is like Agra, without the Taj Mahal.

You cannot imagine the film without her — she’s as integral to it as Shabana Azmi in Arth, or Dimple Kapadia in Rudaali.

She later went on to work as an assistant costume designer in Shyam Benegal's Bhumika: The Role.

She made her directorial début with the documentary film D. Movie Pioneer in 1978 and went on to direct more documentaries like A Work Study in Tea Plucking (1979) and Along the Brahmaputra (1981).

The director seemed disturbed by what’s going on with her film.

“I’ve repeatedly tried to contact Sush, to explain my point of view,” says Lajmi.

At Miss Universe, Sen ranked third overall in the preliminaries, right behind preliminary winner Miss Colombia Carolina Gómez, and Miss Greece Rea Totounzi, who ranked second but won the preliminary swimsuit and evening gown competitions.

Sen went on to place second, fifth and third in the swimsuit, India to the Miss Universe pageant from 2010-2012 through her project I Am She – Miss Universe India.

However, the High Court of Bombay quashed the appeal and she obtained gain of cause.