Born into the noticeable Tagore family, the 14-year-old Sharmila Tagore debuted in Bollywood during the year 1959 and quickly, she earned fame and name in Hindi as well as Bengali cinema. The sparkling Bengali beauty created history during August 1966 with her first-ever filming session in a bikini for a magazine and a movie.
She had unleashed her courageous side putting on a sky-blue colored one-piece costume in her movie, An Evening In Paris, and a black two-piece for the cover of the Filmfare magazine. At that time, it was really a courageous move.
From being the well-known starlet of yesteryears to delivering super-hit films, Sharmila Tagore radiated confidence like no other in Bollywood, and even at the moment, her appeal and royalty is matchless! She is a proud mom of three wonderful kids, Saif Ali Khan, Saba Ali Khan, and Soha Ali Khan, an affectionate mother-in-law to Kareena Kapoor Khan and Kunal Kemmu, and a loving grandma of five four delightful grandkids, Sara Ali Khan, Ibrahim Ali Khan, Taimur Ali Khan, Inaaya Naumi Kemmu and one on its way (Saif and his wife, Kareena are expecting their second child in 2021).
Each and every member of the family bigheadedly said that Sharmila Tagore is their big inspiration.
During a web chat session, hosted by Film Companion, Sharmila Tagore talked about how her movie choices have always been unusual. She stated, "My life choices, looking back, have been unconventional. Like the bikini sh@@t for Filmfare, that people don't ever let me forget."
During a throwback media talk, she had stated, "Oh! God, how conservative our society was back then! I’ve no idea why I did that sh@@t. It was just before I got married. I remember when I showed the two-piece bikini to the photographer, he asked me, 'Are you sure about this?' In some of the sh@ts, he even asked me to cover my body. He was more worried than I was but I had no qualms doing that sh@@t. Only when people started reacting strongly to the cover, was I taken aback. I was puzzled as to why they didn’t like the picture. I thought I looked nice. Some called it a deliberate move to grab eyeballs; others termed me as ‘astutely uncanny’.”
Sharmila Tagore was the sapnon ki rani of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, who was a renowned name in India's rich cricketing legacy. Neither Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was a big Bollywood buff, nor Sharmila Tagore was a keen cricket lover.