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Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore recently appeared on Twinkle Khanna’s chat show Tweak India where she talked about her film career and personal life. During this, Twinkle asked her what problems she faced when she was getting married in another religion.
Sharmila said that when she was marrying Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, her parents even received shooting threats. Sharmila said, in my family, everyone was married to Bengalis. Whereas in Tiger’s (Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi) family, everyone was married in different religions. Both of us were busy in our work, so we never thought that there would be so much conflict regarding background and religion. When Tiger and I got married, my family was very worried because we were receiving a lot of threats.
Sharmila Tagore entered films with Satyajit Ray’s film ‘Apur Sansar’.
Both their families were against the marriage.
Mansoor was a Nawab from a Muslim royal family and Sharmila was from a middle-class Bengali family. The Pataudi family did not want their son to marry a film actress. On the other hand, Sharmila’s family was also not ready. After much persuasion, their marriage was possible.
Stayed together for 42 years
Sharmila and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi supported each other for 42 years after marriage. Tiger Pataudi died in 2011. Both of them met through a common friend in Delhi in 1965. Sharmila had come to Delhi for the shooting of a film and Mansoor was also in Delhi. A few days after they met, Mansoor gifted Sharmila a refrigerator.
Sharmila Tagore and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.
At the time of their meeting, both were at the top of their respective careers. Mansoor had then become the youngest captain of Team India and Sharmila was giving hit films one after the other. Despite their busy schedules, both of them kept meeting each other regularly. After dating each other for four years, they got married on December 27, 1969. Both became parents of three children Saif, Soha and Saba.
Sharmila had changed religion
Sharmila changed her religion after marriage. She had become Muslim from Hindu. Sharmila Tagore changed her name to Ayesha Sultana. But most people still call them by their real names.
After some time of marriage, he also said goodbye to films due to family reasons. In her film career, Sharmila has worked in films like ‘Aradhana’, ‘Amar Prem’, ‘Safar’, ‘Kashmir Ki Kali’, ‘Mausam’, ‘Talaash’, ‘Waqt’, ‘Farar’, ‘Aamne-Saamne’, ‘Chupke-Chupke’. Gave many great films like ‘Evening in Paris’.
In 2023, she was seen in the film ‘Gulmohar’ with which she returned to the world of acting after a long time. It was released on OTT.