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Throwback to the time when Mahesh Bhatt insulted Sushmita Sen publicly and she was left crying

Sushmita Sen is one of the most beautiful and graceful actresses in the Industry. After winning the Miss Universe pageant in 1994, she had never done theatre before making her debut in Mahesh Bhatt’s 1996 film Dastak. The actor played a beauty queen in the film, the role offered to her by Mahesh Bhatt despite her protests that she doesn’t know how to act. She has now revealed how Mahesh ‘broke her ambition’ in front of several people by disparaging her acting abilities.

Sushmita played a Miss Universe who became the victim of a stalker, played by Sharad Kapoor, in Dastak. Mukul Dev played the lead role in the film. Sushmita told Twinkle Khanna in an interview about the incident that enraged her after Mahesh Bhatt insulted her, “He is a fabulous director, I will give him that because he broke an ambition in front of 40 media people and 20 production guys, publicly attacking me. I started crying, ‘I told you I can’t act, why you called me for this, I don’t know how to act.’ He’s like, ‘kya leke aaye ho (what have you brought to me), playing Miss Universe like this on camera. She can’t act to save her life.'”

“I got very angry and started walking off the set. He tried to hold my hand and I just snapped it and told him, ‘No, you don’t talk to me like that.’ I was walking away and he grabbed it again and said, ‘That’s anger! Go back and give it.’ And I did,” she added. The actor then gave the scene in which she throws away her earrings and other jewellery in rage. She also praised Mahesh for his directing abilities, but she and Twinkle shared memories of directors getting angry at female actors in the 1990s.

Sushmita has made great strides and came a long way in her film career. She went on to appear in films such as Biwi No. 1, Fiza, Aankhen, Main Hoon Na, and Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? She dropped out of the film industry after 2010, but made a strong comeback in 2020 with the web series Aarya, in which she plays a working mother as her character describes her. In 2021, she returned with the show’s second season which was highly appreciated by the critics and the audience.
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