Veteran actor Sharmila Tagore, popular for her work in Hindi and Bengali film industry, turns 73 today. Sharmila never aspired to become an actor. She calls herself an “accidental actress”. Here are some less known facts about the Aradhana actor. Scroll on.

Sharmila Tagore began her career as an actor in Satyajit Ray’s 1959 Bengali film Apur Sansar (The World of Apu), as the ill-fated bride of the title character. She later appeared in Shakti Samanta’s Kashmir Ki Kali in 1964.

Sharmila has received two National Film Awards and two Filmfare Awards. In 2013, she was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.