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Certainly, I think that her distinction of Miss Universe and beating out Aishwarya Rai to get there is of note. I think that the challenge that she has is going to lie in how she will parlay her success from Miss Universe, which is now a bit dated, into being seen as a prominent actress in Bollywood. She will forever be linked with Aishwarya Rai because of their Miss Universe competitions and due to the fact that at the time, their emergence also coincided with the emergence of India as a world force. The fact that it could boast both women's success in international pageantry seemed to be symbolic of this emergence. Since her success at Miss Universe, the question that falls upon her is what of significance has she done in the Bollywood film industry. It might not be fair, but Aishwarya has done much more with her image in films as both a commercial and artistic actress than Sushmita. I feel that this is going to be where her focus must lie. There is some talk of her playing the role of the late Benazir Bhutto, and roles like this are going to be significant for her if she wishes to establish herself as a serious actress. Certainly, the capacity to do so is there, as her roles in "Main Hoon Na" and "Main Aisa Hi Hoon" were reflective of very strong talent. Yet, she hs going to have to start producing significant roles that reflect this talent over the arc of her career, which has the potential to be quite meaningful.
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