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Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore turns 75

Kolkata, Dec 8 (UNI) One of the highest paid actresses in 70s and also one of
the iconic veteran actresses of Indian Cinema Sharmila Tagore turned 75 on
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wished her on the occasion.
“Wishing you a very happy birthday, Sharmila (Di) Tagore. Wish you good
health and happiness,” Ms Banerjee posted on her social networking page.
On last night, her daughter and Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan posted
a stunning picture of Sharmila Tagore on her Instagram profile.
In the photograph, Sharmila Tagore can be see happily posing for the camera.
The caption on the picture read, "Birthday eve."
Born on this day in 1944, Sharmila 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)
Samanta later teamed up Sharmila 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 7 box office hits– Aradhana, Safar, Amar Prem,
Chhoti Bahu, Daag, "Raja Rani" 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
She was the highest paid Bollywood actress from 1970 to 1976 along with
She had a very successful pairing opposite Dharmendra, along with whom she
starred in seven movies - Devar (1966), Anupama (1966), Mere Hamdam Mere Dost
(1968), Satyakam (1969), Yakeen (1969), Chupke Chupke (1975), Ek Mahal Ho
Sapno Ka (1975) and Sunny (1984).
Her filmography also include Faraar (1975) opposite Amitabh Bachchan; Besharam
(1975) and Mausam (1978) opposite Sanjeev Kumar; and Bengali film Mangaldeep
(1991) opposite Naseeruddin Shah.
She has received two National Film Awards and two Filmfare Awards for her
Sharmila led the Indian Film Censor Board from October 2004 till March 2011.
In December 2005 she was chosen as a 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 Central Government.
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