The story goes that Sharmila Tagore was in Delhi for a shoot in 1965. Unknown to her, she was the target of Tiger Pataudi who managed to get introduced to her through a common friend.
Parents opposed the wedding (she was a sex symbol and he was a Nawab). But the partnership the couple built was a solid one. "She batted on for four long years," Tiger always said. They were married on 27th December 1969.
After her discovery by Satyajit Ray who cast her in Apur Sansar, Sharmila was not your traditional demure Hindi actress. She was the first Hindi actor to wear a two-piece bikini in An Evening in Paris. She set off a predictable uproar.
Mansur Ali Khan 'Tiger'
Pataudi, was the ninth Nawab of Pataudi, a princely state in Haryana. His mom was the second daughter of the last ruling Nawab of Bhopal. He was educated at Welham Boys' School in Dehra Doon, Lockers Park Prep School in Hertfordshire, Winchester College, and Balliol College, Oxford. Tiger's dad Ifthikhar Ali Khan had captained the Indian team and played for the English team.
Tiger, in an unparalleled feat in cricket, was named the captain of the Indian
cricket team in 1962, at the age of 21. He led the Indians to their
first over-seas Test series win ever - against the Kiwis. Sharmila was the great granddaughter of Rabindranath Tagore!
Sharmila converted to Islam and became Ayesha Sultana. But she continued with her acting career after an intermission.