Sharmila Tagore was born on December 8, 1944, in Hyderabad to Gitindranath Tagore and Ira Tagore (née Barua). In 1966, she posed in a bikini for the Filmfare magazine, a monthly entertainment magazine established in 1952. Sharmila won the National Film Award for Best Actress in Gulzar’s movie, Mausam (1975). She was the highest-paid Bollywood actress from 1970 to 1976, along with Sadhana & Mumtaz. In 2005, she was appointed the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore spent forty-two years together as a couple. The couple had three children—Saif Ali Khan (b. 1970), a Bollywood actor, Saba Ali Khan (b. 1976), a jewellery designer, and Soha Ali Khan (b. 1978), a Bollywood actress and TV personality. Sharmila Tagore received Padma Bhushan in 2013. This third-highest civilian award is preceded by the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan and followed by the Padma Shri. From a two-piece swimsuit to a body-hugging chiffon saree accessorised with diamonds or pearls, the actress donned it with grace. Sharmila’s dramatic beehive hairstyles, winged eyeliner and cropped choppy fringe were her signature style. She carries a picture-perfect smile that would still give any Bollywood actress a run for her money even today.