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Sharmila Tagore is a renowned Indian film actress from Bengal, who as of April 2005 heads the Indian Film Censor Board. In December 2005 she was chosen as an UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador .
Born on 8 December 1946 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, Sharmila Tagore is a relative of the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Sharmila converted to Islam in order to marry Mansoor Ali Khan, Nawab of Pataudi and officially changed her name to Ayesha Sultana. She then married him in 1968. They have three children: Saif Ali Khan (b. 1970), Saba Ali Khan, and Soha Ali Khan (b. 1978).
Sharmila Tagore began her career as an actress in the 1959 Satyajit Ray film Apur Sansar (The World of Apu). 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.
Tagore established herself as a popular Hindi film actress with Shakti Samanta's Kashmir Ki Kali in 1964. Samanta would cast her in many more hit films such as An Evening in Paris (1967), and he would be responsible for famously teaming up her with Rajesh Khanna for Aradhana (1969), Amar Prem (1971), etc. Other directors paired them together in Daag (1973) and Safar (1970). She also played a leading role in Mira Nair's 1991 film Mississippi Masala.
The upcoming Vidhu Vinod Chopra film, Eklavya: The Royal Guard, brings together real life mother and son, Sharmila Tagore and Saif Ali Khan. They will share screen space for the first time since Aashiq Awara, where she had helped launch Saif as a leading man.
|Year||Film||Role|| Other notes|
|2006||Eklavya: The Royal Guard||Suhasinidevi|| (dir. Vidhu Vinod Chopra)|
|2005||Viruddh... Family Comes First||Sumitra Patwardhan|
|1993||Aashiq Awara||Mrs. Singh|
|1991||Mississippi Masala||Kinnu|| (dir. Mira Nair)|
|1975||Chupke Chupke||Sulekha Chaturvedi|
|1971||Seemabaddha||Tutul|| (dir. Satyajit Ray)|
|1970||Aranyer Din Ratri (Days and Nights in the Forest)||Aparna|| (dir. Satyajit Ray)|
|1968||Mere Hamdam Mere Dost||Anita|
|1967||An Evening in Paris||Deepa Malik/Roopa Malik (Suzy)|
|1966||Nayak||Aditi|| (dir. Satyajit Ray)|
|1960||Devi / The Goddess||Doyamoyee|| (dir. Satyajit Ray)|
|1959||Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)||Aparna|| (dir. Satyajit Ray)|
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