Sharmila Tagore’s photograph in a black bikini on the quilt of 1966 Filmfare journal had created sufficient controversy. In an interview lately, the 76-year-old actor opened up in regards to the much-talked-about photoshoot. “I thought I looked nice,” she informed Diya Jaiswal in an interview for e-book membership Ladies Study Group.
Sharmila revealed that the photographer, however, was hesitant. “But I said, ‘why not’ because it will look good.”
The Aradhana actor, nevertheless, was fairly affected by the reactions to the photoshoot. “It was quite vitriolic…those days we did not have social media but it was very critical.”
Sharmila was in London on the time the journal cowl was printed. “Shakti (Samanta) ji known as me and mentioned we now have to do some injury management…I used to be very upset.”
Despite all controversy, Sharmila’s husband Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was supportive, the actor mentioned. “I sent a telegram to Tiger and he said, ‘I’m sure you are looking very nice.’ He was very supportive.”
Talking about her learnings from the incident, Sharmila added, “I learnt that if you are a public figure, you have some responsibility. You have to understand who your audience is and what they expect from you. I learnt that while people are attracted towards glamour, they don’t really have all that much respect for that. I wanted to be respected, I wanted to be liked so I slowly started changing my image.”