Sushmita Sen made India proud when she won the Miss India crown in 1994 and in that very year became the first Indian to win the Miss Universe crown as well. While the actress became a rage back then, it was her story of sheer dedication and focus that has bought her to where she is today.
And in sheer proof of that, we got our hands on a throwback video of Sushmita Sen where the actress has certainly proven to the world that if a person desires to become someone, he/she need not have money but the right intention. The video in context is an old interview of the actress of the popular chat show ‘Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai’ that was hosted by late legend Farooq Sheikh.
Opening up about the fact that she hails from a middle class background and did not have the kind of money for a fancy designer outfit for the beauty pageants, Sushmita said it was her mother who pushed her into making the most from what they can afford.
In this interview clip, Sushmita Sen is seen saying, “Itne paise nahi the ki hum designer kapde pehen ke stage par jaye. Char costumes chahiye the. Hum middle class ke log hai aur humko humari restriction maloom thi.”
She further went on to say, “Mummy ne kaha, ‘So what? Kapde dekhne thodi aa rahe hai log, tumhe dekhne aa rahe hai. Toh chalo, shuru ho gye, kapde khareed ke laaye gaye Sarojini Nagar market (a flea market in New Delhi) se. Humare neeche, garage mein, ek petticoat silne wala aadmi tha, unko jaakar thama dia aur kaha, ‘Dekho bhaiya, TV pe aane wala hai, accha banana.’ Unhone uss fabric ke sath mera winning gown tayaar kia, mummy ne bache hue fabric ko mod k ek rose bnaya aur fir kala socks, brand new khareed ke kaat ke, usmein elastic daal ke gloves pehne the maine. Mere liye woh din, jis din main woh dress pehen ke Miss India jeeti thi, mere liye itni badi baat hai. Insaan ko jo chahiye hota hai, uske liye paise ki zarurat nai hoti, insaan ki intentions sahi honi chahiye.”
Check out the clip here:
Well Sushmita Sen is certainly an inspiration to millions and with her story she has proved it yet again that it is your intent and your sheer will of wanting to do something that matters, not your connections or economic status.