Veteran actress and former dancer Zhora Sehgal died at a hospital in New Delhi today at the age of 102.
The veteran theatre and movie actor was last seen in the 2007 hit movie Cheeni Kum as Amitabh Bachchan’s mother.
Sehgal, born on April 27, 1912, started her career in 1935 as a leading dancer with the Uday Shankar Ballet Company and travelled the world over. In 1945, she joined Prithviraj Kapoor’s Prithvi Theatre group as an actor on a monthly salary of Rs 400.
Her sister Uzra Butt too was a popular actor. During this period, she married a fellow dancer, Kameshwar Sehgal. After having worked in several plays, she progressed to her movie debut in Indian People’s Theatre Association’s (IPTA) first film, Dharti Ke Lal (1946), which was directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas. She followed it upward with another IPTA film, Neecha Nagar.
The actress was also picked up in films like ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ and ‘Saawariya’.
She was likewise found out in ‘Bhaji on the Beach’(1992), ‘The Mystic Masseur’(2001), ‘Bend It Like Beckham’(2002), ‘Dil Se’ (1998).
Zohra Sehgal was residing in Delhi with her daughter, Kiran Sehgal, and, as her friends said, the sprightly actor’s zest for life was still inviolate Zohra Sehgal had also got the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan