Happy Birthday to versatile actor Late Zohra Sehgal

Published on 27 April 2016 12:21 PM GMT
Happy Birthday to versatile actor Late  Zohra Sehgal
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Lucknow: Zohra Sehgal is a Bollywood diva who essayed character roles in a career spanning over seven decades in both theatre and cinema was born on April 27, 1912 in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. Unlike most other children she was a tomboy, who loves to climb trees and play games. On her birth anniversary newztrack.com brings you some interesting facts about Zohra sehgal:

Early Life

  • Sahibzadi Zohra Begum Mumtaz-ullah Khan was born in Rohilla Pathan family on April 27,1912.
  • She travelled across India, West Asia, and Europe by car with her uncle to whom she was very close.
  • She attended Queen Mary's Girls College, Lahore.( A place of higher learning for daughters in a Burqa).
  • Later, she joined dance troop of Uday Shankar, which was a turning point .

Personal Life

  • On her trip, she met Kameshwar Sehgal who was eight year younger than her and fell in love.
  • Kameshwar was Hindu and a non-religious man.
  • He was eight years younger than Zohra and later after initial opposition from her parents she tied knot in August 1942.
  • The couple had two children
  • The couple worked together in Uday Shanker's Dance Institute at Almora.
  • Zohra lost her husband in 1952.


  • After few months they migrated to Lahore and founded their own Dance institute.
  • She has acted in number of plays across the country.
  • Unfortunately the communal tension prior to the partition of India, and they went to Bombay where she joined Prithviraj Kapur's theater as a stage actress and worked there for 14 years.
  • She choreographed for Indian movies like Guru Dutt’s Baazi and Raj Kapoor’s Awaara.
  • She got her first break in Arthur Ranks’s movie.
  • She became popular after appearing in TV series Mullah Naseeruddin.

  • In 2012, daughter Kiran wrote Zohra’s biography named Zohra Sehgal: Fatty.
  • She passed away on July 10, 2014 due to Cardiac arrest at the age of 102.

Awards and Recognition

1963: Zohra was honored with Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.

1998: She was awarded Padma Shrii.

2001: Honoured with Kalidas Samman

2002: Zohra was conferred with Padma Bhushan

2004: Honoured with sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship

2010: Honoured with Padma Vibhushan

The entire Bollywood pays tribute to the talented and versatile actress on her 106th birthday.

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