Sharmila Tagore shared her story with an audience at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall during the 2nd annual Eye On India festival.
The Bollywood icon, sat center-stage while she answered questions from the audience about her life as an Indian film star.
Tagore’s meet and greet is a part of the ongoing Eye On India festival. Which is a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to provide a better understanding of Indian culture in the United States.
“This is the only country in the world where 200 nationalities chose this as their home,” said audience member, Vivek Singhal.
Naperville has one of the largest Indian populations in the country. Audience members compared her visit to that of American film stars, and were excited to see her up close and personal.
Wilmet resident, Ann Feldman, said, “This is a very famous film star so I think there’s a lot of glitz and excitement about it.”
“It would be something like how you go to see Meryl Streep or Emma Stone,” said Naperville resident, Archana Gidwani.
Chicago is the only site so far for the event, but next year the festival has hopes of visiting New York and Los Angeles.
President of Eye On India, Anu Behari, organized the event. “There’s so much interest for India right now. A lot of people haven’t been exposed to it, and they’re very keen to learn about it.
Tagore knew at the age of thirteen she wanted to be an actress, and from the beginning of her career she has been a role model for young women, around the world.
“She’s expressive and plays a lot of different roles, and she plays them well,” said Anamya Asthana.
“She started her movies when she got married. She had kids, she’s a mother, and now she’s going to be a mother-in-law. So she sets a perfect example of an Indian woman,” said Rajeeva Satyavada from Chicago.
Following the discussion, Tagore screened one of her nearly fifty films, Life Goes On.
The Indian population in the Chicagoland area is at less than 2%, but is one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the U.S.
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