Zohra Sehgal veteran actress dies at age 102

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The veteran actress starred in numerous films, television series and theater productions during her lengthy career

Indian actress Zohra Sehgal - described by many as the Grand Old Lady of Bollywood' - has died today (10 June ) aged 102.

Her daughter confirmed the news.

"She died of a cardiac arrest this afternoon. She was unwell for last three-four days," said Kiran Sehgal.

She will be cremated Friday 11 June at Lodhi Road crematorium, Delhi.

Born on 27 April 1912, Sehgal started her career as a dancer in choreographer Uday Shankar's troupe, performing in the USA and Japan. She went onto appear in numerous Bollywood films as a character actress, as well as English-speaking films such as Bend It Like Beckham.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already paid tribute to the actress on Twitter.


Her most famous credits include Neecha Nagar, Afsar (1946), Bhaji on the Beach (1992) and The Mystic Masseur (2001). She also acted in television series Doctor Who from 1964-1965, making her the longest-living actress to have appeared on the show and its only centenarian. She last featured in 2007 romance film Saawariya.

Sehgal received some of India's highest awards, including the Padma Shri in 1998, the Kalidas Samman in 2001, the Sangeet Natak Akademi in 2004, in addition to the Padma Vibhushan in 2010.


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From Prithviraj Kapoor to his great grandson Ranbir Kapoor - Zohra Sehgal held the feat of working with the oldest and newest generation of Bollywood. It is this spirit and spunk for which the Hindi film fraternity will remember Zohra, who passed away Thursday at the age of 102.

A string of celebrities took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the "naughtiest granny on celluloid". Here's what they had to say:

Karan Johar: RIP Zohra Sehgal...what a life...it's that moment when you truly celebrate the end of such a legendary and glorious era.

Manish Malhotra: RIP Zohra Sehgal ji. A true legend. worked with her in Veer-Zaara and rembember her as a charming happy person.

Viveck Vaswani: RIP Zohra Sehgal! One spunky lady! Worked with Prithviraj Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor!

Riteish Deshmukh: RIP Zohra Sehgal - Charming & Elegant - will miss you.

Madhur Bhandarkar: Sad to hear about Zohra Sehgal's demise...legend in herself...full of life. Inspiration for many. RIP.

Farhan Akhtar: RIP Zohra Sehgal-ji. Deepest condolences to the family.

Priyanka Chopra: 102 n a legacy that will always be a part of Indian cinema. It was an honour to know #ZohraSehgal and to b a part of films while she was. RIP

Dia Mirza: 102 years of greatness. I will always love you Zohraji. RIP #GrandOldLady of #IndianCinema #ZohraSehgal

Sophie_Choudry: RIP Zohra Sehgal ji..you beautiful #GrandOldLady...Absolute legend & powerhouse of talent..The world was blessed with your presence.

Nimrat Kaur: In her century long life, Zohra Sehgal ji gave us a million years worth of inspiration. Woman, soul, an existence extraordinaire...what a life!

Anubhav Sinha: RIP Zohra Sehgal. The naughtiest Granny on celluloid.

Pritish Nandy: Zohra Sehgal, what a person! What an actor! RIP.

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