Sharmila Tagore Opens Up about Bikini Shoot in 1966
The most courageous diva in her time was Sharmila Tagore. She has done a bikini shoot, which she has never done before. But he was later criticized. The former actress opened up about her controversial bikini shoot, reports Hindustan Times.
The veteran actor made her debut with Apur Sansar in 1959. She has been known to pick up different film roles for her career and never felt shy from trying things others might not.
Sharmila Tagore took part in a photo shoot for Filmfare magazine in 1966, 55 years ago. She was seen in the black and white bikini on the cover of Filmfare magazine. Perhaps she was the first Bollywood actress to stand in front of the camera like this. The man who took the photo was surprised and asked her “are you sure about this?”.
Recalling that day in the interview, she said: “My life choice was against the rules when I looked back. For example, bikini shots for Filmfairs, which people never let me forget.”
According to reports, Sharmila Thakur herself decided to shoot the bikini photos.
In an old interview with Filmfare, Sharmila said, “Oh! God, how conservative our society was back then! I’ve no idea why I did that shoot. It was just before I got married. I remember when I showed the two-piece bikini to the photographer, he asked me, ‘Are you sure about this?’ In some of the shots, he even asked me to cover my body. He was more worried than I was but I had no qualms doing that shoot.”
She added: “Only when people started reacting strongly to the cover, was I taken aback. I was puzzled as to why they didn’t like the picture. I thought I looked nice. Some called it a deliberate move to grab eyeballs; others termed me as ‘astutely uncanny’. I hated that. Maybe, there was an exhibitionist in me, as I was young and excited to do something different.”
She is, however, soon, will be seen on her son-in-law Karina Kapoor Khan’s chat show — What Women Want. The devotees are eager to know what her life will reveal.
Sharmila is currently living in Delhi while her children Saif, Soha and Saba are in Mumbai.