Sush­mita never fol­lowed rules

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Ac­tor Sush­mita Sen (above) says she is sat­is­fied with the way her ca­reer has shaped up, only be­cause she fol­lowed her heart. The 39-year-old, who adopted her el­der daugh­ter Re­nee, when she was 25, and her younger daugh­ter Alisah, when she was 34, says that she is glad that she never led her life ac­cord­ing to other peo­ple’s choices. “I never fol­lowed the rules. I feel that it has been my great­est strength, and this is why I have been able to do ev­ery­thing that I wanted to with­out hav­ing to com­pro­mise on any one as­pect. When you fol­low your in­stinct and live your life with in­tegrity, it will shape ev­ery­thing,” she says.

Although many of her de­ci­sions were risky, Sush­mita says that she never let this de­ter her. “I was never ig­no­rant about the risks, I was al­ways aware of them. If you want to grow, you have to break out of your com­fort zone. It’s al­ways go­ing to be hard to be your­self. So, there has to be some­thing rock solid in­side of you. That you can only nur­ture when you go against the odds,” says Sush­mita, who is cur­rently judg­ing a com­edy show.

The ac­tor says that it was not easy ini­tially to be a part of showbiz. “It was very hard at 18 when I be­came a public fig­ure. I felt that I needed to be a cer­tain way. But I asked my­self... what is the worst that can hap­pen? And it was rejection. If you have faced rejection, ac­cep­tance will fol­low,” she says.

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