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Sharmila Tagore

A luscious chocolate cake cut at Ranthambhore national park, that too with loved ones to share it with. If you smell a grand matriarch celebrating a milestone, you’re right. That’s Sharmila Tagore celebrating her 75th birthday, with her entire brood around her—flanked by daughters Soha and Saba Ali Khan, with Saif (shouldering Taimur), Kareena and Kunal Khemmu. A safari in an open jeep was knitted into the event—quite possibly the animals joined in for a bite of sight-seeing too!

Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore walks the ramp showcasing an outfit by Sanjukta Dutta during the India Fashion Week (LMIFW) in New Delhi.

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Bollywood actors and mother-daughter duo Sharmila Tagore and Soha Ali Khan walk the ramp showcasing creations of designer Sanjukta at India Fashion Week, in New Delhi.

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Bollywood actor Sharmila Tagore walks the ramp during a fashion show in New Delhi.

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Sharmila Tagore is a veteran actress and a former chief of the censor board

Veteran Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore poses with young girls from Manipur during 'Kolkata International Children Theatre Festival 2018', in Kolkata.

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Insecurities, ambitions, the constant measuring up to fam­ous parents and siblings—trying to make sense of it all and to thread a way forward...all this is the stuff of Soha Ali Khan’s book, The Perils of Being Moderately Famous. At its launch, her kin was present in full force—husband Kunal Khemmu, brother Saif, mother Sharmila Tagore, sister-in-law Kareena and sister Saba Ali Khan.

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Bollywood actors Sharmila Tagore, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Saba Ali Khan, Kunal Khema with author Soha Ali Khan during her book launch, "The Perils of Being Moderately Famous", in Mumbai.

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Going by how hilariously newsworthy it still is when an Indian actress dons a bikini, consider the furore that greeted An Evening In Paris 50 years back, with Sharmila Tagore thus attired! Good music, typical hum­our, Shammi Kapoor, and the City of Light itself made this a hit.

Bollywood actors Sharmila Tagor and Sharukh Khan perform during the the Lux Golden Rose Awards 2016 event, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actresses Nandita Das and Sharmila Tagore at 'The Bridge - Conversations On Gender Empowerment in India' in New Delhi.

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Actor and wife of former captain of the Indian cricket team Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Sharmila Tagore, former cricketer Virender Sehwag, vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia University Talat Ahmad (2nd L) and registrar of the university Shahid Ashraf (R) at the naming ceremony of the university's new sports complex after Pataudi and the pavilion after Sehwag, an alumnus of the university, in New Delhi.

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Femme Fatality Are Sharmila Tagore and Mehr Tarar exchanging notes on damage control at the Kolkata Lit Meet? Neither is a stranger to notoriety, although Mehr seems to have recovered pretty well from the storm around Sunanda Pushkar’s suicide: that cherry red coat certainly seals her status as the queen of dangerous liaisons.

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Bollywood actresses Sharmila Tagore and Tabu with Hungarian actress Kinga Vecsei(Second Right) and producer of the movie The Wednesday Child , Karoly Feher(Second Left) who received Golden Royal Bengal Tiger Award for the best Film, during the closing ceremony of 21st Kolkata International Film Festival, in Kolkata.

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Selfie-Same Purpose The Calcutta International Film Festival has always afforded great photo-ops for the entertainment-loving CM of Bengal—a supplier of fairs, celebrations and circuses without match in the country. The pure fun of the mom­ent captu­res Amitabh and four grand dames—Moushumi Chatterjee, Mamata Banerjee, Jaya Bachchan and Sharmila Tagore.

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Veteran Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore interacts with media during 21st Kolkata International Film Festival in Kolkata, West Bengal.

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The Wedding Album It's like in the movies, they met, they fell in love, they got hitched. But these are filmi people, so they posed. The Pataudi clan with newlyweds Soha and beau Kunal Khemu. Saifeena, Sharmila and sis Saba also seen.

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UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon,Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi with actress Nandita Das and Sharmila Tagore launch Logo of 'Young@70' in New Delhi.

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President Pranab Mukherjee, Bangladesh President M Abdul Hamid, his wife Rashida Khanam and Sharmila Tagore during a banquet hosted in the honor of Bangladesh President at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

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Sharmila in Aradhana

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Bollywood actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sharmila Tagore, actress Kareena Kapoor Khan, UNICEF UK Ambassador Martin Bell OBE and UNICEF UK Deputy Executive Director, Anita Tiessen during a dinner to support UNICEF’s education work for children in India, in London.

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Farooq Abdullah and Sharmila Tagore at the launch of the book Transforming our Cities written by Isher Judge Ahluwalia at a function in New Delhi.

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Sharmila Tagore during release of a book Janani in Kolkata.

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Family Happiness It has been acknowledged as one of the sweetest depictions of conjugal love on celluloid. And that’s only one-third of Apur Sansar. Mostly due to the innocent, pure quality of the 15-year-old Sharmila Tagore’s acting—a role where she didn’t say much, and was accompanied only by Soumitra and Ravi Shankar’s music.

Actress Kangana Ranaut, Singer Ila Arun, Legendary actress Sharmila Tagore and Vidyut Jamwal walk the ramp during the India International Jewellery Week in Mumbai.

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Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit after presenting ASSOCHAM Ladies League's Delhi Women of the Decade Achievers Award to Sharmila Tagore in recognition for Excellence in Cinema at the award function in New Delhi.

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Nobel laureate Amartya Sen with NK Singh, Nicholas Stern, Montek Singh, Meghnad Dasai, Sharmila Tagore during presentation a copy of the book "The New Bihar - Rekinding Governance & Development" at the Rahtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

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Nobel laureate Amartya Sen with actress Sharmila Tagore during presentation a copy of the book "The New Bihar - Rekinding Governance & Development" at the Rahtrapati Bhavan" edited by NK Singh and Nicholas Stern in New Delhi.

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Actress Sharmila Tagore releases a book on Irom Sharmila at a function in New Delhi.

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Actress Sharmila Tagore at a programme in Kolkata.

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Actress Sharmila Tagore gestures during the Padma Awards function at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Combo Image: From left, Sridevi, Sharmila Tagore and Rahul Dravid receive their Padma honours from the President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Actress Sharmila Tagore receives the Padma Shri by the President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Deep Dish Takeaways To only read into the obvious in this meeting of two halves of a Tagore commonality is to trap ourselves in the “limited universe” of the Cal Book Fair. Relea­sing a cache of Gurudev pai­n­tings, Amar­tya Sen and Begum Sharmila served as loci to a “virtuous circle".

Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore (L) with former cricket captain Sourav Ganguly releases a book on Nawab Pataudi at Kolkata Literary Meet 2013 in Kolkata.

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Hema Malini presenting Lifetime Achievement award to Sharmila Tagore during the inaugural ceremony of Jaipur International Film Festival.

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Former cricket captain Rahul Dravid and actress Sharmila Tagore releasing the book "Pataudi : Nawab of Cricket" during Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur

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Jeet Thayil receives the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature from Sharmila Tagore at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

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This undated handout photo issued Thursday Oct. 25, 2012 by the Edinburgh Napier University of Sharmila Tagore, who has been made an honorary doctor of arts at the University's graduation ceremony.

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Sharmila Tagore who has been made an honorary doctor of arts at Edinburgh Napier University during its graduation ceremony in Edinburgh.

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Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore addressing the media persons after the first meeting of the newly constituted advisory body of the Auqaf-e-Shahi (Royal Waqf Properties Board) in Bhopal.

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Veteran Bollywood actors Farooq Sheikh, Sharmila Tagore(2ndR) and filmmaker Shyam Benegal (R) with PHDCCI President Sandip Somany during a function "Celebrating 100 Years of Indian Cinema" organised by PHDCCI in New Delhi.

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Sharmila Tagore displays creation of designer Ashima Leena during the fashion show of the Delhi Couture Week 2012 in New Delhi.

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Tiger Trails Lead To Lords Kareena might term her and Saif’s a fairytale romance—fair enough, that relationship has withstood some mighty odds en route to an October plunge-taking—but there’s a more storied bond that the nawab is custodian of. That between the House of Pataudi and the MCC, which honoured his late father with a memorial dinner.

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Soha Ali Khan, Saba Ali Khan, Sharmila Tagore, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor at Memorial lunch for Tiger Pataudi, hosted by IJA (Indian Journalists' Association) Europe in London.

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Sharmila’s bold bikini act, 1967

UNICEF National Ambassador actress Sharmila Tagore and Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda meeting mentally retarded children from an organisation at CM House in Ranchi.

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(L to R)- Actress Sharmila Tagore (2nd R) with, left to right, former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar, former Australian cricket captain Ian Chappel, former England cricket captain Mike Brearley, former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev during 'Rajsingh Dungarpur World Cricket Summit' in Mumbai.

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When The Coin Falls Crooked Not that it was an unjustified trade-off, but the embargo on sporting ties with apartheid-era South Africa cost fans something of an experience: seeing Kapil Dev run in to Mike Procter (and vice versa), if November’s ‘Legends’ game between SA and India, kicked off by Sharmila Tagore, was anything to go by.

Tradition Claims A Head Even after 64 years of Independence, what would poor villagers of the Pataudi riyasat do without a caring nawab? Thus, reportedly, Saif Ali Khan relented to the customary ‘pagdi’ ceremony. Also seen is the tenth nawab of Pataudi’s mother Sharmila Tagore and sisters Saba and Soha Ali Khan.

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Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda with actress Sharmila Tagore during coronation of Saif ali Khan as the 10th Nawab of Pataudi at Inbrahim Palace in Haryana.

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Saif Ali Khan with his mother Sharmila Tagore after he was anointed the tenth Nawab of Pataudi at a ceremony at his ancestral palace Inbrahim Palace, Pataudi in Haryana. Saif's sisters Soha and Saba are also seen.

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Sharmila Tagore, Saba and Soha Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor at Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi’s funeral

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Children of former cricket captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Saif Ali Khan, second left, Saba, center, Soha, right, and their mother Sharmila Tagore greet people during a prayer function in memory of Pataudi in New Delhi.

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Sharmila Tagore with Kareena Kapoor watch the funeral procession of Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, in Pataudi at his ancestral palace in Pataudi on Friday. Pataudi was buried next to the grave of his father, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi.

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Wife of Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Sharmilla Tagore at her husband's funeral in New Delhi.

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Raj Kapoor with Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore at their wedding in December 1968

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Actress Sharmila Tagore releasing the biography of Subhas Chandra Bose, His Majesty's Opponent written by Sugata Bose (2nd L), in New Delhi. Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and senior journalist M J Akbar are also seen.

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Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Sharmila Tagore during the 27th Annual Session of FICCI Ladies Organisation - Honouring Women Philanthropists "Business of Sharing"- in New Delhi.

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Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore at a show during the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi.

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Minister of State for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath with CBFC Chairperson Sharmila Tagore (R) lighting the lamp during the foundation day function of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, in New Delhi.

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