Sharmila Tagore

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Begum Ayesha Sultana born Shormila į¹¬hakur (born 8 December 1946), known by her stage name Sharmila Tagore () 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.

Early life

Sultana was born in a Hindu Bengali family in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India to Gitindranath Tagore who was then Dy. General Manager of the British India Company owner of Elgin Mills. She attended St. John's Diocesan Girls' Higher Secondary School and Loreto Convent Asansol. She is the great-grandniece of noted poet Rabindranath Tagore.


Sultana began her career as an actress in Satyajit Ray's 1959 Bengali film Apur Sansar , as the ill-fated bride of the title character. As noted on the official website for Ray, "She was just a fourteen-year-old then, with no previous acting experience. As the shooting began, Ray had to shout instructions to Sharmila during the takes. None of this, however, is reflected on the screen. Ray cast her in his next film Devi too." She appeared in a number of Ray...
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