Friday, 27 April 2012

Legend Zohra turns 100

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The Grand Dame of Bollywood, Zohra Sehgal has turned 100.
The landmark has sparked an outpouring of wishes for the legendary theatre and film actress from across the entertainment spectrum.
Amitabh Bachchan – who famously played Sehgal’s son in Cheeni Kum – praised Sehgal’s “unbound energy and enthusiasm” and said she was “still like a child”.
"The eminent Indian actress Zohra Sehgal is 100 years young! Congrats to my Zohra Khala (aunt)! Much love from New York," author Salman Rushdie wrote on Twitter.
Actress Dia Mirza tweeted: "100th Birthday of the Grand Lady of Indian theatre and cinema Zohra Sehgal! What a journey!!! And what a Lady!"
Sehgal was born in 1912 in the town of Saharanpur in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
Her first foray into the world of acting was with the a political theatre group, the Indian People’s Theatre Association which dominated the cultural scene in India in the 1940’s.
In 1962, Sehgal travelled to London on a drama scholarship, working in several English films and TV shows.
In a career spanning more than 7 decades, Sehgal has appeared in dozens of iconic films in Bollywood and England, including Dil Se, Cheeni Kum, Kabhi Kushi Kabhie Gham, My Beautiful Launderette, Bhaji on the Beach and Bend it Like Beckham.
The feisty actress was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian award, in 2010 for her work in cinema.
- Poonam Joshi

Legend Zohra turns 100