Sharmila Tagore is an Indian film actress. She has won several National Film Awards and Filmfare Awards for her performances. She has led the Indian Film Censor Board.
In December 2005, she was chosen as UNICEF's Goodwill Ambassador. Tagore began her career as an actress in the 1959 Satyajit Ray film 'Apur Sansar'. She established herself as a popular Hindi film actress with Shakti Samanta's 'Kashmir Ki Kali' in 1964.
Samanta cast her in many hit films, notably 'An Evening in Paris' (1967), the first appearance on a two-piece bikini of an Indian actress which established Tagore as a sex symbol in Bollywood.
Tagore teamed up with Rajesh Khanna for movies such as 'Aradhana' (1969), 'Amar Prem' (1972), 'Daag' (1973), 'Maalik' (1972) and 'Safar' (1970). She starred in Gulzar's 1975 film, 'Mausam', and played a supporting role in Mira Nair's 1991 film 'Mississippi Masala'.
Her latest release is a Marathi film 'Samaantar' by Amol Palekar. Her earlier releases were Vidhu Vinod Chopra's film, 'Eklavya: The Royal Guard' along with her son, actor Saif Ali Khan.