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Zohra Sehgal

Indian dancer and actress

Died when: 102 years 74 days (1226 months)
Star Sign: Taurus


Zohra Sehgal

Zohra Mumtaz Sehgal (born Sahibzadi Zohra Mumtazullah Khan Begum; 27 April 1912 – 10 July 2014) was an Indian actress, dancer, and choreographer.Having begun her career as a member of a contemporary dance troupe, she transitioned into acting roles beginning in the 1940s.

Sehgal appeared in several British films, television shows, and Bollywood productions in a career that spanned over six decades.Sehgal's most notable films include Neecha Nagar, Afsar (1946), Bhaji on the Beach (1992), The Mystic Masseur (2001), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Dil Se.. (1998), Saaya (2003), Veer-Zara (2004) Saawariya and Cheeni Kum (2007); and the TV serials The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Tandoori Nights (1985–87) and (1996).

At the age of 90, she played the central character in the 2002 film Chalo Ishq Ladaaye.Considered the doyenne of Indian theatre, she acted with the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) and Prithviraj Kapoor's Prithvi Theatre for 14 years.

Sehgal was awarded the Padma Shri in 1998, Kalidas Samman in 2001, and in 2004 the Sangeet Natak Akademi (India's National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama) presented her with its highest award, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for lifetime achievement.

She received the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian honour, in 2010.She died in a New Delhi hospital on 10 July 2014 due to cardiac arrest.

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