Actress Zohra Sehgal has completed 100 years. She is not seen on screen since 2007, but you can recall her from the scene in Cheeni Kum where she explains the bodies of foreign actors or the dance she does in Dil Se.
Zohra was born in 1912, a year before Raja Harishchandra, the first Indian film. Her tryst with the performing art started in 1935 when she began dancing with Uday Shankar.
Sehgal’s stint in films started with Dharti Ke Lal in 1946. Extremely acclaimed and one of the status defining films in the history of Indian films Neecha Nagar came in the same year. A string of films followed before Zohra became one of the initial actors who realised the true potential of the small screen. Her first TV programme Doctor Who (1964-65) initiated a journey that is still continued. In the process, she featured in some of the most famous TV series such as Mind Your Language, The Jewel in the Crown, and Tandoori Nights.
The grand old lady of Indian films was blessed to work with some of the legends in her youth, from choreographing songs for Guru Dutt and Raj Kapoor to acting under the guidance of James Ivory of Merchant Ivory Productions.