Sushmita Sen admits that winning the Miss Universe title made things easier for her. However, she's quick to add that wading through was difficult.
"A lot of young people come from smaller cities, who live, breathe and eat cinema. They want to become actors, directors or follow some creative pursuit here. The hunger in them is fantastic, but it often gets seen as desperation," points Sen, adding that everybody then tries to take advantage of this desperation, wherever one goes.
"Given the competition in the industry, this desperation then becomes too much a pressure. So, instead of performance, one is judged by his/her followers on social media and how many have applaud them. It's like if we can market it well, we can sell anything," explains the 44-year-old.