Veteran actress Zohra Sehgal died at 102

Zohra Sehgal died at the age of 102. She was called as the grand old lady of Bollywood due to her association with it for several decades.

Jul 11, 2014 10:10 IST
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Zohra SehgalVeteran actress, Zohra Sehgal died on 10 July 2014 at a private Hospital in New Delhi. She was 102. She died due to cardiac arrest.

imageZohra Sehgal as an actress made a mark across generations and was associated with Bollywood for seven decades. She was called as the grand old lady of Bollywood.

About Zohra Sehgal

• In 2010, Zohra was awarded with the Padma Vibhshan
• She was also a recipient of other two of India’s four civilian awards Padma Shri (1998), Padma Bhushan (2002)
• She was also a recipient of Kalidas Samman (2001) the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for lifetime achievement (2004), Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1963)
• Sehgal’s daughter Kiran in 2012 wrote her biography named Zohra Segal: Fatty
• Zohra last appeared in Sanjay Leela Bhasali's film Saawariya in 2007, apart from this, she also appeared in films like Veer-Zara, Saaya, Cheeni-Kum, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and others
• A prolific and full of life, Zohra started her career as a dancer with Uday Shankar in 1935 and worked with him for the next eight years
• She also worked in many Hollywood movies like The Vengeance of She, Tales that Witness Madness, Bend It Like Beckham, Never Say Die and Little Napoleons
• She also appeared in British TV serials like The Jewel in the Crown
• She in 1946 made debut in the film industry with Dharti Ke Lal
• Her Chetan Anand's Neecha Nagar won top prize at Cannes
• In 1945, she joined the Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai
• In 1942, she was married with a scientist and dancer Kameshwar Sehgal
• She was born on 27 April 1912 as Sahibzadi Zohra Begum Mumtaz-ullah Khan and was one of seven children and grew up near Dehradun
• She was the first Indian to be admitted to a ballet school in Dresden, Europe

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