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Sharmila Tagore turns 73: Rare photos of the Aradhana actor

Veteran actor Sharmila Tagore, popular for her work in Hindi and Bengali film industry, turns 73 today. Sharmila never aspired to become an actor. She calls herself an "accidental actress".

Sharmila Tagore birthday old photos

Veteran actor Sharmila Tagore, popular for her work in Hindi and Bengali film industry, turns 73 today. Sharmila never aspired to become an actor. She calls herself an "accidental actress". Here are some less known facts about the Aradhana actor. Scroll on.

Sharmila Tagore birthday old photos

Sharmila Tagore began her career as an actor in Satyajit Ray's 1959 Bengali film Apur Sansar (The World of Apu), as the ill-fated bride of the title character. She later appeared in Shakti Samanta's Kashmir Ki Kali in 1964.

Sharmila Tagore birthday old photos

Sharmila has received two National Film Awards and two Filmfare Awards. In 2013, she was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.

Sharmila Tagore birthday old photos

Sharmila Tagore married late cricketer Tiger Pataudi, and for this, she converted to Islam and was named Begum Ayesha Sultana.

Sharmila Tagore birthday old photos

Not to forget her iconic surfing scene in An Evening In Paris which made Sharmila the first female lead in Bollywood to have sported a swimsuit on screen.

Sharmila Tagore birthday old photos

Sharmila Tagore also posed in a bikini for Filmfare magazine in 1968.

Sharmila Tagore birthday old photos

But, when Sharmila was the chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification, she expressed concerns about the increased use of the bikini in Indian films.

Sharmila Tagore birthday old photos

Sharmila Tagore said in a recent interview that female actors today have a better chance unlike earlier times in the film industry.

Sharmila Tagore birthday old photos

We wish a very happy birthday to the diva.