Veteran Actor Zohra Sehgal passes away at 102
Legendary actress and dancer Zohra Sehgal passes away at a hospital in New Delhi today at the age of 102.
The theatre and film 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.
Sometime after the beginning of her dancing career, she married a fellow dancer, Kameshwar Sehgal. After having acted in several plays, she made her film debut in Indian People’s Theatre Association’s (IPTA) first film, Dharti Ke Lal (1946).
The actress was also seen in movies like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Dillagi , Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam, Saawariya, Bhaji on the Beach, The Mystic Masseur, Bend It Like Beckham, Dil Se etc.
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 intact.
Zohra Sehgal had also received the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan for her contribution and role in the industry.