The former Miss Universe made a career in Bollywood on her own in 2000s with movies such as Biwi No 1, Aankhen, Filhaal, Samay, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya and Main Hoon Na but decided to take a break from acting to focus on her health and raising her daughters Renee and Alisah.

Her performance in Aankhen, Filhaal and Samay received critical praise but the films did not do well at the box office at the time of their release.

“I always believe I am a satellite hit because whatever work I did when it came on satellite, it became a hit and people started applauding the performance. But back then, when it was in the theatres, it didn’t work,” the actor told PTI in an interview.

Sushmita Sen, 44, believes what kept her strong during those years was a faith in her abilities.

“I define my success, I acknowledge my failures but I also acknowledge that I haven’t failed, my attempts have. There is a big difference. When people don’t know how to differentiate between the two, everybody piles on with the insecurity of being called a failure. That is a very big mistake that people allow others to make on their behalf”.

The actor says she is “open to criticism” and one can review her “badly” with “some sugar and salt” but she will continue to focus on her work and try to give her best.

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