Remember Kareena Kapoor made headlines for a sexy swimwear and her size-zero look. But the actress’ mother-in-law was way ahead of her times. Yes, Saif Ali Khan’s mom, veteran actress Sharmila Tagore is not just one of the most talented and stunning ladies of Bollywood, she was also a non-conformist. At a time when wearing revealing clothes or being too sexy as a leading lady was a taboo and spelt danger for movies, the actress didn’t just wear a bikini, but she fought with her director to grant this wish. Today, as Sharmila Tagore turns a year older, let’s take a look at the rule-breaker of B-town’s coolest clicks that can set the temperature soaring even today.
In an interview, the Aradhana actress revealed, “You know, I remember a funny incident. As you know I wore a one-piece bathing costume in An Evening In Paris and not a bikini as is generally believed. But I wanted to wear a bikini. Shakti Da put his foot down. He forced me to wear a one-piece. I was very unconventional and self-willed during those early days. Shaktida would drill the dos and don'ts in my head.”
She also reminisced about Bollywood’s untold code of conduct and said, “I remember at a party once I got up and started dancing with a man. Shaktida gently told me such behaviour is not allowed in our film industry.”
Director Shakti Samanta also confirmed Sharmila’s story and said, “Sharmila wasn't very happy, but she gave in to my wishes. I'm glad I was prudent because even then the song was clipped out during a screening on Doordarshan."
This wasn’t the only time the actress donned a swimwear. Sharmila Tagore was one of the first heroines to wear a two-piece on an Indian magazine cover. And looks like the rule breaker actress has set a benchmark for the other young talents – Kareena, Sara Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan to match up to.
On her 74th birthday, we wish the bold, bindaas and beautiful actress more power.