Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore turns 78

by Subhechcha Ganguly

A native of Kanpur who rose to fame as a bygone diva, Sharmila Tagore was the ideal actress for virtually every fan of films from the classic age. Sharmila, who was born on December 9 into a prosperous Bengali family, rose to fame in 1959 after making her screen debut in Satyajit Ray’s Bengali film “Apur Sansar.” The 1959 National Award for Best Feature Film went to the movie in which Sharmila played the titular role of an unhappy bride. In addition, it garnered a host of other accolades from around the world, including a 1962 nomination for the prestigious BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts).

With the rise of Rajesh Khanna, India’s first superstar, who mesmerised the Indian public like no other before him, Bollywood saw its most prosperous period in the early 1970s. Seven super-hits were produced in the Indian cinema industry as a result of Khanna’s immediate success and attractiveness, two of which were directed by Samanta, namely Aradhana (1969) and Amar Prem (1972). Safar, Raja-Rani, Chotti Bahu, Daag, and Aviskaar were the other films.Sharmila won her first Film Fare Award in the Best Actress category thanks to Aradhana.

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