Published On: Wed, Dec 2nd, 2015

The legendry Sharmila



70-year-old Bollywood diva, Sharmila Tagore, crushed stereotype from the Indian industry and even yet admired whenever she makes public appearances. The all-around star, who is yet not appearing in latest movies, supposes seniors in the Bollywood are yet dealt with esteem and they are not yet turned sideways regardless of the juvenile generation taking over the function.

The luminary who is also a mother of three including well-known Saif and Soha greatly encourages the young generation to continue their ways according to their desires.

Sharmila stated in an interview that “I have been working for a long time and there arrives a spell when the juvenile generation takes over. This is a country of very young people. Naturally they want [to see] young people on screen. It’s very nice, we have a young workforce, confident, intelligent and ready to face the world”.

Sharmila, who is also known as Begum Ayesha Sultana, started her acting at the age of 13 and debuted in Apur Sansar which was a Bengali film and made by Satyajit Ray, the last in the celebrated Apu trilogy. The movie was released on May 1, 1959.

She won many National Awards and appeared in different roles film after film. Be it Tapan Sinha’s Nirjan Saikate, Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Anupama or Shakti Samanta’s Kashmir Ki Kali, Tagore’s collection has been an atypical mixture of critical and viable triumph at a phase when women were cast in less important characters.

Tagore, she sustained her appealing flash with brawny characters even after her matrimony with Indian cricketing legend Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.

Now at the age of 70, she admits working is arduous. Sharmila is cognizant of the reality that seniors have to act sensibly. The actress who was once a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador said, “And we also have a place because in India, as you have seen, senior people are still respected and it’s not as if we are brushed aside. We also have to behave and we shouldn’t impose ourselves and act as if we are competing with the younger generation. So, there is space for all of us”.


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.