Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore was known for choosing roles out of her comfort zone and was considered a trendsetter. In 1966, she amazed everyone when she featured on the cover of a Filmfare magazine, in a bikini.
During a recent online session with her fans, organised by Film Compaion, she said, "My life choices, looking back, have been unconventional. Like the bikini shot for Filmfare, that people don't ever let me forget.” She further added, "Oh! God, how conservative our society was back then! I’ve no idea why I did that shoot. It was just before I got married. I remember when I showed the two-piece bikini to the photographer, he asked me, 'Are you sure about this?' In some of the shots, he even asked me to cover my body. He was more worried than I was but I had no qualms doing that shoot."