Sharmila Tagore in 2011
8 December 1946 
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Other names||Begum Ayesha Sultana|
|Religion||Islam .|
|Spouse(s)||Mansoor Ali Khan (1967–2011, his death)|
|Children||Saif Ali Khan
Saba Ali Khan
Soha Ali Khan
|Relatives||Kareena Kapoor Khan (daughter-in-law)
Kunal Khemu (son-in-law)
Rabindranath Tagore (great great-granduncle)
Sharmila Tagore (also known as Begum Ayesha Sultana; born 8 December 1946) is an Indian film actress known for her works predominantly in Hindi cinema. She has received two National Film Awards and two Filmfare Awards for her performances.
She led the Indian Film Censor Board from October 2004 till March 2011. In December 2005 she was chosen as an UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. She was one of the International Competition's Jury Members at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. In 2013, she was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.
Tagore's mother, Ira Barua, was the daughter of Jnanadabhiram Barua (Tagore's maternal grandfather), the founder Principal of Earl Law College (now Government Law College) in Guwahati and her maternal great-grandfather Gunabhiram Barua led the fight against the tradition of child marriage and worked for promotion of widow marriage and women education in Assam. Tagore's maternal grandmother Latika Tagore was the granddaughter of Rabindranath Tagore's brother, Dwijendranath Tagore.
Tagore's father Gitindranath Tagore, was then deputy general manager of the East India Company owner of Elgin Mills. Her father was the son of Kanakendranath Tagore. Her great grand father was the actor and artist Gaganendranath Tagore  and great grand uncle the painter Abanindranath Tagore. One of Tagore's very early paternal ancestors was an uncle to the poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
Tagore was the eldest child and had two sisters, late Oindrila Kunda [Tinku Tagore] and Romila Tagore [Chinky]. Tinku was an international bridge player and also acted in the role of Mini, the child star in Tapan Sinha's cinema Kabuliwala of 1957.
Tagore attended St. John's Diocesan Girls' Higher Secondary School and Loreto Convent, Asansol. Tagore did not continue her education and quit studies due to attendance requirements at the college.
Tagore 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. She later appeared in Shakti Samanta's Kashmir Ki Kali in 1964. Samanta cast her in many more films, including An Evening in Paris (1967), in which she became the first Indian actress to appear in a bikini, which established Tagore as somewhat of a sex symbol in Hindi films. She also posed in a bikini for the glossy Filmfare magazine in 1968. But, when Tagore was the chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification, she expressed concerns about the increased use of bikinis 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 Safar (1970), Daag (1973), and Maalik (1972). The pair of Khanna-Sharmila gave six box office hits – Aradhana, Safar, Amar Prem, Chhoti Bahu, Daag and Avishkaar. She starred in Gulzar's 1975 film, Mausam and won the National Film Award for Best Actress. She also played a supporting role in Mira Nair's 1991 film Mississippi Masala. She was the highest paid Bollywood actress from 1970 to 1976 along with Mumtaz. She starred opposite Sanjeev Kumar in Mausam (1975), Amitabh Bachchan in Faraar (1975) and Besharam (1978); and Naseeruddin Shah in the Bengali film Mangaldeep (1991).
She married Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the Nawab of Pataudi and former captain of the Indian cricket team, in a Nikkah ceremony held on 27 December 1969. She converted to Islam and took on the name Ayesha Sultana. They had three children: Saif Ali Khan (b. 1970), Saba Ali Khan (b. 1976), a jewellery designer, and Soha Ali Khan (b. 1978), a Bollywood actress and TV personality. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi died, at age 70, on 22 September 2011. In November 2012 she wrote to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) asking for the upcoming series between India and England to be recognised as the Pataudi Trophy which was commissioned by the MCC in 2007. The Indian board responded saying that England's Test series in India are contested for the Anthony de Mello Trophy, in honour of the cricket administrator and co-founder of the BCCI.
- Civilian honors
- International honors
- 2004 – Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters of France
- 2011 – Outstanding Achievement in Indian cinema — Floriana IIFA Awards, Toronto
- 2015 - Lifetime Achievement Award at Chicago South Asian Film Festival (CSAFF)
- 1976 – National Film Award for Best Actress — Mausam
- 2004 – National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress — Abar Aranye
- 1969 – Filmfare Award for Best Actress — Aradhana
- 1970 - Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Safar
- 1976 - Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Mausam
- 1997 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2005 - Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Viruddh... Family Comes First
- Other honors
- 2007 – Lifetime Achievement National Award (Actress) — Journalist Association of India
- 2010 - Lifetime Achievement Award - Anandalok Puraskar
- 2013 – Delhi Women of the Decade Achievers Award, ASSOCHAM Ladies League Awarded by Smt.Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister, New Delhi
- 2013 - Honoured by Walk of the Stars as her hand print was preserved for posterity at Bandra Bandstand in Mumbai.
|1959||Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)||Satyajit Ray||Aparna||Bengali|
|1960||Devi (The Goddess)||Satyajit Ray||Doyamoyee||Bengali|
|1963||Shesh Anka||Haridas Bhattacharya||Mala||Bengali|
|1963||Nirjan Saikate||Tapan Sinha||Renu||Bengali|
|1963||Chhaya Shurjo||Partha Pratim Chowdhury||Ghentoo||Bengali|
|1964||Kashmir Ki Kali||Shakti Samanta||Champa||Hindi|
|1965||Waqt||Yash Chopra||Renu Khanna||Hindi|
|1965||Dak Ghar||Zul Vellani||guest appearance||Hindi|
|1966||Anupama||Hrishikesh Mukherjee||Uma Sharma||Hindi|
|1966||Devar||Mohan Sehgal||Madhumati / Banwariya||Hindi|
|1966||Sawan Ki Ghata||Shakti Samanta||Seema||Hindi|
|1966||Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi||Brij||Kiran / Kiranmai||Hindi|
|1967||Milan Ki Raat||R.Bhattacharya||Hindi|
|1967||An Evening in Paris||Shakti Samanta||Deepa Malik/Roopa Malik (Suzy)||Hindi|
|1967||Aamne Saamne||Suraj Prakash||Sapna Mathur / Sapna G. Mittal||Hindi|
|1968||Mere Hamdam Mere Dost||Amar Kumar||Anita||Hindi|
|1968||Humsaya||Joy Mukherjee||Leena Sen||Hindi|
|1969||Talash||O. P. Ralhan||Madhu / Gauri||Hindi|
|1969||Aradhana||Shakti Samanta||Vandhana Tripathi||Hindi|
|1970||Aranyer Din Ratri (Days and Nights in the Forest)||Satyajit Ray||Aparna||Bengali|
|1970||Safar||Asit Sen||Neela Kapoor||Hindi|
|1971||Chhoti Bahu||K.B. Tilak||Radha||Hindi|
|1972||Amar Prem||Shakti Samanta||Pushpa||Hindi|
|1972||Yeh Gulistan Hamara||Atma Ram||Soo Reni||Hindi|
|1973||Raja Rani||Sachin Bhowmick||Nirmala / Rani||Hindi|
|1973||Daag||Yash Chopra||Sonia Kohli||Hindi|
|1973||Aa Gale Lag Jaa||Manmohan Desai||Preeti||Hindi|
|1975||Chupke Chupke||Hrishikesh Mukherjee||Sulekha Chaturvedi||Hindi|
|1982||Desh Premee||Manmohan Desai||Bharti||Hindi|
|1983||Gehri Chot - Urf: Durdesh||Ambrish Sangal(India), Ehtesham(Bangladesh)||Shobha||"Bangladesh,Canada,India Joint production" Hindi, Bengali, Urdu language, Bengali named Durdesh|
|1984||Sunny||Raj Khosla||Sunny's mother||Hindi|
|1991||Mississippi Masala||Mira Nair||Kinnu||English|
|1993||Aashiq Awara||Umesh Mehra||Mrs. Singh||Hindi|
|1999||Mann||Indra Kumar||Dev's grandmother||Hindi|
|2000||Dhadkan||Dharmesh Darshan||Dev's mother||Hindi|
|2003||Shubho Mahurat||Rituparno Ghosh||Padmini Chowdhury||Bengali|
|2005||Viruddh... Family Comes First||Mahesh Manjrekar||Sumitra Patwardhan||Hindi|
|2006||Eklavya: The Royal Guard||Vidhu Vinod Chopra||Suhasinidevi||Hindi|
|2007||Fool and Final||Ahmed Khan||Bhabi||Hindi|
|2008||Tasveer 8*10||Nagesh Kukunoor||Savithri Puri||Hindi|
|2009||Antaheen||Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury||Pishima||Bengali|
|2009||Morning Walk||Arup Dutta||Neelima||Hindi|
|2009||Samaantar||Amol Palekar||Shama Vaze||Marathi|
|2010||Break Ke Baad||Danish Aslam||Ayesha Khan||Hindi|
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