Bollywood actress and former dancer Zohra Sehgal, who has charmed her fans by her performance for years, breathed her last at a hospital in New Delhi on Thursday. She was 102.
Born on April 27, 1912, she commenced her career as dancer with Uday Shankar in 1935 and worked with him for the next eight years.
She has appeared in many Bollywood films as a character actor as well as in English language films and television series.
The legendary dancer also appeared in BHAJI ON THE BEACH (1992), THE MYSTIC MASSEUR (2001), BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (2002), DIL SE (1998) and CHEENI KUM (2007); and the TV series, ‘The Jewel in the Crown’ (1984), ‘Tandoori Nights’ (1985–87), ‘Amma and Family’ (1996).
At the age of 90, she got the lead character around whom the story revolved in the 2002 film CHALO ISHQ LADAAYE, where she had stunt sequences, emotional scenes, among others.
Sehgal also acted with Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) and Prithviraj Kapoor’s Prithvi Theatre for fourteen years.
She was awarded the Padma Shri in 1998, Kalidas Samman in 2001, and in 2004, the Sangeet Natak Akademi.
She bagged the Padma Vibhushan honour in 2010.