Sushmita Sen suffered a heart attack in 2023 however she returned back rather triumphantly to complete the shooting of Disney+ Hotstar series titled, Aarya.
As reported by Variety, this is the second such comeback for the former Miss Universe, who headlines the series.
Sen plays the lead role of the series, Aarya Sareen, a fierce mother who has to keep her family safe from the world of crime. While it is produced by Endemol Shine India and Ram Madhvani Films.
The first season of the series, which was released in 2020, also received a nomination for best drama series at the International Emmy Awards.
“I had a chat with Ram and I said, ‘You have to promise me this, you’re not going to treat me like a patient and start cutting scenes off or saying we won’t need to shoot this anymore,” Sen told the outlet.
Recalling that she convinced the producer she had recovered from the health scare, she continued, “My doctor has given a green light and we need to go and shoot it exactly as you visualized it.’ And he goes, ‘Yeah, don’t worry, I just feel like this one sequence we can get rid of, because I don’t see the need for it in the script.’ So, he tried that.”
“But when you have a team as brilliant as this one and we’ve been a unit, a family, for five years now. I have not for one moment felt like I needed a manager on the set. That’s how taken care of I was throughout. This was very special,” the Main Hoon Naa actress further noted.
Talking about the series on a generic note, Sen told Variety, “It’s a daunting task to take a series from Season 1 all the way through to Season 3 and still have this level of love and interest and audience attention intact, which I think has been one of the most commendable things this team has done, and done it so beautifully.”
“It’s been pretty cathartic, especially this season, because through the season I also suffered the heart attack in the middle somewhere, and we had so much to finish, most of it was action. And it felt like a very victorious return on a personal and professional front,” she concluded.
The Sushmita Sen starrer series Aarya is expected to stream internationally from February 9 on the OTT platform, Disney+ Hotstar.