During two distinct times in Bollywood, two women made significant choices in their careers, as well as in their personal lives. Both emerged stronger from the furnace of gossip and finger pointing than they had been before to their experiences in the tabloids. Both Sushmita and Zeenat Aman are in their forties. In contrast to Sushmita Sen, Zeenat Aman accepted the sari-clad and virtuous lady typecast at a period when actresses in cinema and television wore saris and played the roles of virtuous women. Both of them were said to be ‘ahead of her time’ by their contemporaries.

Zeenat Aman: Miss Asia Pacific

As Sushmita had done, Zeenat followed suit and became a model and beauty pageant contestant. Her Miss Asia Pacific crown came after she placed second in the Miss India pageant in 1970. It was in 1971 that she began her acting career and received national notice for her role as Janice in the film Hare Rama Hare Krishna. Satyam Shivam Sundaram’s sensuous Rupa, a humble peasant girl with horrible burns, made an appearance as the sensual Rupa. As compared to many other performers, Zeenat Aman was not afraid to defy convention with her wardrobe and acting roles. Throughout her career, she was known for her ability to develop a wide range of characters.

She disappeared quietly from the public light but was never forgotten by her followers due to her tumultuous love life and marriages, which began receiving more attention than the actor himself. Because of her generation, she was not scared to go places most women were frightened to go.

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Sushmita Sen: Miss Universe

Sushmita Sen, on the other hand, is from a different generation. Being the first Indian woman to win Miss Universe, as well as choosing a new career route, and refusing to be restricted by what society considers ‘proper’ for women, are just some of the accomplishments she has made. First, she played a stalker in Dastak, then she played Salman Khan’s mistress in Biwi No. 1, a David Dhawan film. She refused to be pigeonholed into a particular sort of lovely girl. She took her time establishing herself as an actor, which she admitted to Filmfare later in an interview.

It was difficult for Sushmita to make the transition from the raucous 1990s to the more somber 2000s, which saw a shift in public opinion. They were also seeking a heroine who would stand by and watch while the manly hero climbed to the top of the mountain.

As Main Hoon Na in 2004 showed, she did not give up her passion of masala. She showed that she was not afraid to go against the grain of what people expect from a typical Bollywood leading lady as Shah Rukh Khan’s beautiful teacher. She played a police officer in the film Samay, which was neglected and quietly slipped through the gaps despite her lack of glamour.

Unexpected Decision by Sushmita

In spite of the fact that Sushmita’s films may or may not have been a hit, she has never completely gone from the public eye. Despite the defamatory accusations, she didn’t appear to care about the attention her relationships received.

Sushmita Sen took an unexpected decision at the age of 24 despite the ups and downs of her career in movies. Taking a break from filmmaking in 2010, she adopted Renee and subsequently Alisah. Even after the interview, the mother-of-two said she was sorry she didn’t give Renee enough time as a mother.