Born in a Bengali Hindu family on 8 December 1946 in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India, Sharmila Tagore is the daughter of Gitindranath Tagore, a distant relative of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Sharmila married Mansoor Ali Khan, Nawab of Pataudi after converting to Islam and took the new name of Begum Ayesha Sultana. They have three children: Saif Ali Khan (b. 1970), Saba Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan (b. 1978).
Sharmila Tagore began her career as an actress in the 1959 Satyajit Ray film Apur Sansar (The World of Apu), as the ill-fated bride of the title character. As noted on the official website for Ray, "She was just a fourteen-year-old then, with no previous acting experience. As the shooting began, Ray had to shout instructions to Sharmila during the takes. None ...» read full biography