Legendary actress-dancer Zohra Sehgal, also known as Zohra Segal, passed away at 102 years of age. Zohra Sehgal was born Zohra Begum Mumtaz-Ullah Khanon on April 27, 1912 in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. She had celebrated her 100th birthday on April 27, 2012 with the release of her biography Zohra Segal: Fatty written by her daughter Kiran Segal. Also Read - 5 Bollywood Moms we Love
Zohra Sehgal, a Padma Vibhushan awardee, was a film, TV and theatre personality and a great danseuse. She had trained under the illustrious dancer-choreographer Uday Shankar and was a part of his troupe along with her husband Kameshwar Sehgal. She taught at Shankar’s famous academy at Almora. She also trained in modern dance in Germany. Also Read - Phillip Hughes, Zohra Segal, Deven Varma: Famous celebrities who passed away this year
Zohra Sehgal set up a dance institute with her husband in Lahore but the couple moved to India in 1940 after having two children. She worked in Mumbai with the Kapoors’ Prithvi Theatre and the Indian People’s Theatre Association. Also Read - Gurinder Chadha: Zohra Sehgal was a born show-woman!
She made her film debut in Dharti Ke Lal in 1946 and was later seen in Neecha Nagar, which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes International Film Festival. Zohra also choreographed for Raj Kapoor’s Awara. She continued working after her husband passed away, working as director at the Natya Academy in Delhi.
Zohra Sehgal’s recent Hindi films include Veer-Zaara, Cheeni Kum, Saawariya, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Dil Se. Her Hollywood movies include The Vengeance of She, Tales That Witness Madness, Never Say Die, Little Napoleons, Bend It Like Beckham, The Mistress of Spices, Bhaji on the Beach and Dil Se to name a few.
As a tribute to the Grand Old Lady who was as old as Indian cinema, we share with you a video of her reciting Faiz’s poem Mujhse Pehli Si Mohabbat. Watch video below.