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After a person ages, his/her requirements and expectation from life changes. While it was all about raising kids and ensuring that they are settled in life in the second phase, the third phase of life begins with dreaming about telling stories to their grandchildren being huddled up in a corner, cooking for them and telling them about their ancestors, et al. (Do Read: Arbaaz Khan's GF Giorgia And Ex Malaika Arora Ring In Salma Khan's Birthday, Khan Khandaan Joins In)
Things like these are no different when it comes to our favourite celebs. Legendary actress, Sharmila Tagore turns 74 today. With a dimpled smile and phenomenal films on her kitty, no wonder Sharmila Tagore was one of the superstar actresses of her times. Having ruled the silver screen for more than two decades, you will mostly find Sharmila ji doing ads, attending film conferences, spending time with her children and grandchildren and taking care of their magnificent Pataudi house.
Almost whole of her extended family comprises of superstars. With the latest one being son, Saif Ali Khan’s munchkin, Taimur Ali Khan, there is another star who has already carved a niche for herself in the industry with her one released and one upcoming film, Kedarnath and Simmba, respectively. On occasion of her birthday, Sharmila ji opened her heart our about her star grandchildren (Sara and Taimur) and how much she misses her late hubby, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.
In an interview with IANS, Sharmila ji expressed her proudness for granddaughter, Sara Ali Khan. About her debut film and as a person that the Simmba actress has turned out to be, the proud granny stated, “Yes, I am so excited about her debut (in the film Kedarnath). I am very impressed by her... though I don’t see why her self confidence should surprise me. But whether it was Koffee With Karan, Rajeev Masand, BBC - her confidence, humility and charm made me so happy.It’s so heartwarming to see her the way she has turned out. When asked what she’s doing in films after going to Columbia University she said the education was for her growth as a person and not for career. She’s never tongue-tied. And how well she stood up for her father on Karan Johar’s show. I am really proud of her.”
Sharmila ji also shared that being around with grandkids, Taimur and Inaaya Naumi Kemmu makes her very happy! Sharing about the same, she shared, “Yes, it certainly adds to my happiness , obviously. I do see them as much as I can. But not enough because we live in different cities. But I must say they re-energize me. There’s nothing like young children’s energy …They are always curious, and enthusiastic about many different things. So yes, being around Taimur and Inaaya makes me really happy. Though like I said, I wish I could be with them more often.” (Must Read: Isha Ambani's Pre-Bridal Glow On Her Face Is Eminent, Looks Beautiful Posing With A Famous Designer)
When Sharmila ji was raising her three kids, Saba, Saif and Soha, she did not have a lot of time to spend with them, owing to the multiple films she was doing. But now, the legendary actress has relatively more time to spend with her grandchildren than he could ever do it with her kids. About the same, she shared, “I do have lots more time for my grandchildren,the kind of pressures on time that I tackled earlier are no more there though I do keep myself busy with professional commitments like the random ad here and a cinema conference there. But definitely I now have more time for not just my grandchildren but also my children. I have more time for our ancestral home in Pataudi also.”
Sharmila ji also got all candid about her deceased hubby, Tiger Pataudi and shared, “That’s because he had a wonderful temperament. He absorbed that loss and moved ahead. Tiger’s life was filled with losses, his father, his eye, his privy purse. In her book Soha has written so well about her father.” Further adding, “But I learnt so much from him. I do miss him immensely. I wish he was here for me. So many of my friends are still together with their soulmates. You see your friends celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary…But it was not meant to be (for me). So what can I do?”
Sharmila ji had once expressed her concern at Taimur’s alarming popularity. Sharing her concern about the same once again, she shared, “I must confess I’m worried about him a bit. We in this family have all had our share of media attention. They place you on a pedestal and then suddenly drop you. At the moment Taimur is not affected because he’s too young to understand what’s going on. But later when he’s older and if the attention is taken away he might get affected. So we are a little concerned . But as Sara said, what can we do about it? Frankly without the media we are not alive in today’s day and age.” (Checkout! Taimur Ali Khan's Pre-Birthday Bash Hosted By Mom Kareena Kapoor; Inaaya, Kainaat, Laksshya Attend)
Sharmila ji, we wish you a very happy 74th birthday!