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Sharmila Tagore

Sharmila Tagore (born 8 December 1944) is an Indian film actress. She has won National Film Awards and Filmfare Awards for her performances. She has led the Indian Film Censor Board from October 2004 till March 2011. In December 2005 she was chosen as an UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In 2013, she was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.

Sharmila Tagore was born in a Hindu Bengali family in Hyderabad State to Gitindranath Tagore who was then deputy general manager of the East India Company owner of Elgin Mills. Her father was the son of Kanakendranath Tagore, who was the son of noted painter Gaganendranath Tagore and a relative of another painter Abanindranath Tagore, and more distantly, the poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Her mother, Ira Baruah, was of Assamese descent. In regards to her Assamese roots, she stated—“Half of me is from Assam since my mother was an Assamese. Ira Barua, my mother, was the daughter of J. Barua, founder principal of Earl Law College in Guwahati.” Tagore attended St. John's Diocesan Girls' Higher Secondary School and Loreto Convent, Asansol.


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.




















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