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Fighting for who you are is not easy, says Sushmita Sen

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Actress and former beauty queen Sushmita Sen says her journey as a single mother and a star has not been an easy ride as fighting for who you are has its own difficulties. Often, Sushmita is looked up to as an epitome of strength.

“There is an aspect to what they say which I don’t take personally… As in they are talking about me, and there are certain amazing qualities in the way I have lived my life, but then you also have to be me to know that it’s not an easy ride. It has its own difficulties to fight for who you are,” Sushmita said.

“It’s not an easy job, but you keep doing it for 25 years and it becomes a habit. And you are just accepted post that,” added the mother of two adopted daughters Renee and Alisha.


The 42-year-old says women yearn for strength in general. “Women want that strength and if a person embodies it, they tend to look at that person and say ‘you epitomise it’. The truth is it’s the desire to epitomise it… That strength in a woman,” she added.

The actor says the world has become a better place as even men are now more supportive of women and are accepting their individuality. “What I love about the times we are living in now is that women don’t need to pull down other women to be better or one up. Now, if somebody asks them to do that they usually dump the person. The new generation of women and even men are far more supportive of each other. I find this excellent. There was a time when everybody was busy doing ‘What is she wearing? How is she looking?’ I am happy that is changing now. I am very glad to see that because my children are growing in that environment,” Sushmita told

In terms of acting, Sushmita’s last big screen appearances were in the 2010 Bollywood film “No Problem” and in Bengali film “Nirbak”. Talking about making a comeback, she said: ” (I am) Finally reading lot of scripts and I really like two. I will tell you when I am closer to signing it.”