JIFF to Honor Sharmila Tagore

Sharmila Tagore, All Lights Film Magazine, ALFM


5th edition of Jaipur International Film Festival will honor Sharmila Tagore by awarding her the Life Time Achievement Award. Spain is the Guest Country of this year’s JIFF. Several noted film personalities from India like actress actor Prem Chopra, director Gautam Ghose, actress Dia Mirza, documentary film maker Anand Patwardhan and several others from abroad will be in Jaipur to participate in the Festival. More than one thousand award winning film celebrities are attending the Festival.

Sharmila began her career as an actress in Satyajit Ray's 1959 Bengali film Apur Sansar (The World of Apu). She established herself as a popular hindi film actress with Shakti Samanta's Kashmir Ki Kali with Shammi Kapoor in 1964. Samanta again cast her in many more hit films, notably An Evening in Paris. Samanta later teamed up Tagore with Rajesh Khanna for movies such as Aradhana (1969) and Amar Prem (1972). Other directors paired them together in Safar (1970), Daag (1973), Maalik (1972). The pair of Khanna- Sharmila gave 6 box office hits- Aradhana, Safar, Amar Prem, Chhoti Bahu , Daag and Avishkaar and films like Raja Rani, Tyaag, Maalik were critically acclaimed but box office flops. She starred in Gulzar's 1975 film, Mausam and won the National Film Award for Best Actress. She also played a supporting role as heroine Sarita Choudhury's mother in Mira Nair's 1991 film Mississippi Masala. Her latest release is a Marathi film Samaantar by Amol Palekar. Her earlier releases were Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Eklavya: The Royal Guard.

Sharmila Tagore’s best films would also be screened during the Festival. Previously Actress Asha Parekh and Actress Jaya Bachchan have been honoured with JIFF’s Life time Achievement Awards.The festival will be held at the pink city of Jaipur from 30th January to 03rd February, 2013.