Former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen won the Miss Universe 1994 contest at the age of 18 and is the first Indian woman to be crowned as the Miss Universe. Then she stepped into Bollywood and became popular for her different approach. In the same year when Sushmita won Miss Universe competition, Aishwarya crowned as Miss World. Sushmita defeat Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to be the winner of Miss India. But, only a few know instead of Aishwarya, Sushmita was asked to go for Miss World competition. It happened because at the last moment to leave for Miss Universe competition, her passport got misplaced.
The revelation made by the actress herself in an interview by Rajeev Masand, when he asked, "Apparently a couple of days before you were meant to leave for Miss Universe, you lost your passport". She replied, "Correction, I'm glad you asked. No, I didn't lose it, it was given to Anupama Verma, then a very famous model and was also a coordinator for events. She had my passport for a show in Bangladesh and she needed it for some ID proofing. So I very confidently told Miss India at that time, 'Don't worry, my passport is safe with Anupama Verma.' She couldn't find it, she did take responsibility for it and said 'I don't know what I've done', but the timing of it was scary because I had to then go crying to my dad. I said I don't know what to do and my family wasn't from one of those well-connected networking people."
Rajeev further asked her, "I heard that they actually told you, 'You go for Miss World and Aishwarya go for Miss Universe'." To which Sushmita stated, "I was very angry because you win something and rightfully so, you're not requesting it. So now we have to come together and ensure that it gets done. It's easy to say now we can't find it, the passport is lost and Miss World is in November, so you go later, we will figure out your passport till then."
Main Hoon Na actress added, "I only cried in front of my father and I said that 'Baba I am not going for anything else. I rightfully deserve to go for this. So if I can't go, nobody else will go'. That's it and my father was like let me see what I can do and I will go on record to say that Mr Rajesh Pilot gave him all the support to get that passport and he himself went to say 'Look, she's representing our country so we got to aide this process instead of delay it.' And you better believe it that I went for Miss Universe, we know that."