Sharmila Tagore is a renowned Indian film actress known for her extensive work in Indian films for over five decades. She is the winner of many National and International film awards. Besides her role as an actress, she has also been the chairperson of the Indian Film Censor Board from the year 2004 till 2011. She has also worked as the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
She is a woman of spell bounding beauty, charisma and personality. Sharmila is the grand niece of the noted Nobel Laureate poet Rabindra Nath Tagore. She was born in Hyderabad to Gitindra Nath Tagore on 8th December 1946.
Sharmila saw her first tryst in an Indian film working with Satyajit Ray in his movie Apur Sansar, where she played the child bride of Apu. As a sweet, innocent 14 year old, with no previous experience of acting, Ray’s guidance shaped her so easily into the role of Aparna. She worked innumerable times with Ray, starring mainly with veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee.
She made her presence felt in Bollywood only after the release of Kashmir Ki Kali. Sharmila Tagore went on to enlist herself as one of the hottest actors of all times after dawning a bikini in her movie, An Evening in Paris opposite the very colorful ‘yahoo man’ Shammi Kapoor. She soon made her name as a sex symbol. Considering the audience way back then was rather conservative, she made an extremely bold move with her bikini stunt. Many actresses like Dimple Kapadia and Zeenat Amaan followed her footsteps much later the years though. The boldness of Sharmila is definitely one of a kind. Her acting skills came to light mostly after roles in Aradhna, Amr Prem, Safar and Mausam. Gulzar’s movie Mausam which released in 1975 also bagged her National Award for Best Actress.
Sharmila Tagore was married to Late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the former Nawab of Pataudi and also the former captain of the Indian Cricket Captain. Their nikaah was formalized on 27th December, 1969. She converted to Islam for the purpose of nikaah and took up the name of Begum Ayesha Sultana. Khan and Tagore have three children together : Saif, Saba and Soha.
In the glittering world of fake relationships, Nawab and Tagore’s romance is considered epic. They have pulled through many ups and downs of life together with utmost steadiness and sheer love till the death of the Nawab in September, 2011. Sharmila Tagore is known for her grace and style till date. Here’s wishing her a happy 65th year and a long life of more glory and charm ahead.