Actor Sushimita Sen adopted her eldest daughter Renée Sen in 2000 and later welcomed Alisah as her second adopted daughter in 2010. In a new interview, Sushmita recalled the time she was in court for a hearing in the adoption case for Renee and the judge asked her father if he was afraid that her daughter won’t tie the knot after Renee’s adoption. Also read: Sushmita Sen: ‘I never got married because men were a disappointment, it had nothing to do with my kids’

Sushmita won the title of Miss Universe 1994 and later made her film debut with Mahesh Bhatt’s Dastak in 1996. Since then, she has worked in such films as Biwi No 1, Fiza, Aankhen, Main Hoon Na and Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? and much more.

Speaking to Twinkle Khanna for Tweak India, Sushmita recalled the time she adopted Renee. She said: “It was just something I knew I had to do and my latest precedent was a 29 year old divorcee to be adopted…single but divorced. I’m applying at age 21, never married been, fertile – this is all a problem. They would obviously fight against it.”

Sushmita said Renee came to her under foster care, and the court hearing took place six months later. She recalled: “So I had said to my baba and the driver, ‘Baba, jaise hi bahar niklenge room se, gadi start kro, hum bhag jaenge bachhe ko leke want ye to mazak hai (Dad as soon as we get out of the room. We run away in our car with Renee. This is not a joke) They can’t say no. She almost calls me Ma’.”

Sushmita said she sobbed and promised the judge that she would do her job very well and then the judge asked her father if he was okay with her decision as it would affect her wedding plans and the rest of her life. Sushmita’s father Shubeer Sen said that while no father would approve of that, he was sure that he had never raised Sushmita just to be someone’s wife. Sushmita quoted him as saying, “She chose this motherhood and I know my daughter has to do one thing.” The judge was finally convinced and asked Sushmita to take Renee home.

Sushmita was last seen in the Amazon Prime series Aarya 2, in which she played the role of Aarya Sareen, a woman who takes over her late husband’s drug business. She received the Best Actress Female Award at the Filmfare OTT Awards for the first season of Aarya.

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