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The world has not kept calm ever since IPL founder, Lalit Modi made a public announcement of his relationship with former Miss Universe, Sushmita Sen. The news came as a big shocker for many as no one saw it coming. However, Sushmita, who still serves as a beacon of grace and power, is being judged for dating a rich man. So much so that the former Miss Universe, known for having a heart of gold and making contributions towards social work, was called a gold-digger.
Though Sushmita doesn't own any clarification to any of us, she had given it back to the trolls with her unique poetic ways. Now, director, Mahesh Bhatt commented on Sushmita Sen’s relationship and revealed her equation with her ex-boyfriend, Vikram Bhatt. For the unversed, it all started after Lalit Modi had announced his relationship with Sushmita on his IG handle on July 14, 2022. He posted a couple of mushy pictures and hinted that he had been travelling with his ‘better half’, Sushmita, for some time now and is looking for new beginnings with her.
In a recent interview with ETimes, director, Mahesh Bhatt, who had helmed Sushmita Sen’s first Bollywood movie, Dastak, shared his take on her relationship with Lalit Modi. In the conversation, Mahesh shared that Sushmita is an ‘unusual girl’ who has always followed her heart. Further, saluting the beauty queen for living life on her own terms, he urged people not to impose their ‘views and beliefs’ on Sushmita. Mahesh can be quoted as saying:
“I always remember her fondly. She was an unusual girl. What I salute her for is that she has lived her life on her own terms. She has the guts to live on her own dictates. My personal belief is that we must in the second decade of the 21st century give human beings the right to live life on their own terms. And also if you don't want somebody else to impose his or her own views and beliefs on you and let you live your life then you must also not do the same to somebody else. I think she has always been a person who has followed her heart and lived her life on her own terms."
Recalling how Sushmita had fallen in love with Vikram Bhatt during the making of her first film, Dastak, Mahesh revealed that their romance had started in Seychelles. He mentioned that Vikram was his right-hand man and would interact with Sushmita regularly. Hence, the former Miss Universe and Vikram grew fond of each other. He stated:
“I gave her an idea of Dastak and she instantly said yes. And the rest was history. But during the making of Dastak, Vikram's romance with Sushmita started in Seychelles. Vikram was my right hand and used to be at the forefront, doing most of my work. So, he used to interact with her more vigorously. That's how the romance began. I met her only once when she was going to Kolkata to dub Srijit Mukherjee's film which she had acted in. She once again spoke to me warmly."
After Sushmita was called a gold-digger by the netizens for dating a rich and older man, Lalit Modi, her ex-boyfriend, Vikram Bhatt had also talked about it. Vikram had dated Sushmita for a long time, and he had openly said in an interview with India Today that she is a love digger. The filmmaker further added that Sushmita is not someone who checks out a bank balance before falling in love. Talking about his experience, Vikram shared that he was penniless and had no money, but Sushmita had taken him to the US and paid for his trip. He had said:
“Sushmita is a love digger, not a gold digger. I think making fun of other people's life is entertainment. Sushmita is the last person who checks out bank balances before she decides to fall in love with someone. I was penniless. I was directing Ghulam, but I had no money. I will not forget that Sushmita was the person who first took me to the US, and she paid for my trip. I had no money. When we reached Los Angeles and there was a limousine, I was surprised. She said that she wanted to make my entry in the US very special.”
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