Sharmila Tagore life and biography

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Sharmila Tagore biography

Date of birth : 1946-12-08
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Nationality : Indian
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-08-16
Credited as : Bollywood actress, National Film Award,

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Begum Ayesha Sultana, born Shormila Ṭhakur, known by her stage name Sharmila Tagore is an Indian film actress. She has won National Film Awards and Filmfare Awards for her performances.

She has led the Indian Film Censor Board from October 2004 till March 2011. In December 2005 she was chosen as an UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Sultana was born in a Hindu Bengali family in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India to Gitindranath Tagore who was then Dy. General Manager of the British India Company owner of Elgin Mills. She attended St. John's Diocesan Girls Higher Secondary School and Loreto Convent Asansol. She is the great-grandniece of noted poet Rabindranath Tagore.

Sultana began her career as an actress in Satyajit Ray's 1959 Bengali film Apur Sansar (The World of Apu), as the ill-fated bride of the title character. As noted on the official website for Ray, She was just a fourteen-year-old then, with no previous acting experience. As the shooting began, Ray had to shout instructions to Sharmila during the takes. None of this, however, is reflected on the screen. Ray cast her in his next film Devi too. She appeared in a number of Ray films, often co-starring with Soumitra Chatterjee.

She established herself as a popular Hindi film actress with Shakti Samanta's Kashmir Ki Kali in 1964. Samanta again cast her in many more hit films, notably An Evening in Paris (1967), the first appearance in a bikini of an Indian actress, (Sadhana had appeared in one-piece bikini in earlier films) which not only shocked conservative Indian audiences but also set off a wave of bikini-clad actresses carried forward by Parveen Babi (in Yeh Nazdeekiyan, 1982 Zeenat Aman (in Heera Panna, 1973; Qurbani, 1980) and Dimple Kapadia (in Bobby, 1973), but established Tagore's role as somewhat of a sex symbol in Bollywood. Wearing a bikini put her name in the Indian press as one of Bollywood's ten hottest actresses of all time, and was a transgression of female identity through a reversal of the state of modesty, which functions as a signifier of femininity in Bombay films. But, when Tagore was the chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification, she expressed concerns about the rise of the bikini in Indian films.

Samanta later teamed up Tagore with Rajesh Khanna for movies such as Aradhana (1969) and Amar Prem (1972). Other directors paired them together in Daag (1973), Maalik (1972) and Safar (1970). She starred in Gulzar's 1975 film, Mausam and won the National Film Award for Best Actress. She also played a supporting role as heroine Sarita Choudhury's mother in Mira Nair's 1991 film Mississippi Masala.

Her latest release is a Marathi film Samaantar by Amol Palekar. Her earlier releases were Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Eklavya: The Royal Guard, which brought together real life mother and son, Sharmila Tagore and Saif Ali Khan. They shared screen space for the first time since Aashiq Awara (1993).

Tagore married Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Nawab of Pataudi, in a Nikah ceremony held on 27 December 1969. She converted to Islam changed her name to Begum Ayesha Sultana after she got married. They have three children: Saif Ali Khan (b. 1970), Saba Ali Khan (b. 1976) and Soha Ali Khan (b. 1978).


1969 - Filmfare Best Actress Award - Aradhana
1970 - nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award-Safar
1976 - National Film Award for Best Actress - Mausam
1997 - Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
2002 - Star Screen Lifetime Achievement Award
2004 - National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress - Abar Aranye
2004 - Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters of France
2006 - Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award - Viruddh... Family Comes First
2007 - Lifetime Achievement National Award (Actress) - By Journalist Association of India
2011 - Outstanding Achievement in Indian cinema - Floriana IIFA Awards, Toronto

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