Legendary actress Zohra Sehgal dies at age 102
Sehgal began her career in 1935 with Uday Shankar performing internationally in countries in America and Japan. Her career stretched over 60 years entertaining Indian and non-Indian audiences with performances on stage and film.
Sehgal’s film appearances include top films such as Saawariya, English-speaking films such as Bend it Like Beckham, Anita and Me and Bhaji on The Beach to name a few, and earlier films like Neecha Naga. At 90-years-old Sehgal was given the lead role in Chalo Ishq Ladaaye. She also acted in the British television series Doctor Who from 1964-1965, rumouring to be the longest-living actress to have appeared on the show. The extraordinary actress was awarded India’s second highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan, in 2010, other awards including Padma Shri in 1998, Kalidas Samman in 2001, and the Sangeet Natak Akademi in 2004.
This empowering female figure inspired lives of many Asian women as she pursued her dream career in acting opposed to following the traditional steps into marriage.
The individual’s comic and light-hearted nature shone through her performances and leave behind a legacy of her incredible energy. Punjab2000 pays tribute to a legend of Indian cinema as Amrit comments, “What an influential woman to have achieved so much in age of the Purdah. A true inspiration who changed the view of women in the creative industry.”