Zohra Sehgal: Actress, choreographer and dancer who appeared on television, in films and on stage for more than 60 years
Tuesday 22 July 2014
A Bollywood veteran for more than six decades, Zohra Sehgal was also widely regarded as the doyenne of Indian theatre and was a noted choreographer. In this country she may be best known for roles in films such as Bend It Like Beckham and Bhaji on the Beach.
She began as a dancer in a troupe led by Uday Shankar, brother of the sitar player Ravi, performing in the US and Japan, among other countries. After working as dancer and choreographer in India, she moved to London on a drama scholarship in 1962.
Two years later she appeared in a BBC adaptation of a Kipling story, The Rescue of Pluffles, as well as four episodes of Doctor Who (in 2012 she became the longest-living actor or actress to have appeared on the programme, as well as its first centenarian). She also starred in 26 episodes of the BBC series Padosi (Neighbours) in 1976 and 1977.
Taken on by the Merchant-Ivory team, she appeared in The Courtesans of Bombay, directed by James Ivory, in 1982, paving the way for her role as Lady Chatterjee in the television adaptation of The Jewel in the Crown in 1984. She went on to appear in more films such as Tandoori Nights and My Beautiful Laundrette.
She returned to India in the 1990s and went on to appear in numerous plays, films and television series as well as performing recitals of Urdu and Punjabi poetry; she even performed in Pakistan. In 2002, at the age of 90, she took a leading role in the murder-swop comedy Chalo Ishq Ladaaye – in which she performed her own stunt sequences and got to kill the bad guys at the end.
Zohra Sehgal, actress and choreographer: born Saharanpur, United Provinces, India 27 April 1912; died Delhi 10 July 2014.
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts
Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and no-one was arrested
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets
Concerns raised phenomenon is threatening resort's image as a family destination
I Am Bread could actually be a challenging and nuanced title
Peter Biaksangzuala died from his injuries in hospital on Sunday
The X Factor's judges colourful outfit was mocked by Simon Cowell
- 1 Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies after injuring spine doing somersault celebration
- 3 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 5 Lynda Bellingham dead: Loose Women presenter dies after battle with colon cancer
Sophia Loren: How I rejected Cary Grant and 'pulverised' Marlon Brando with my eyes
Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake report claiming that the street artist's identity has been revealed
'Russian submarine spotted' by Swedish military off coast of Stockholm
Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
Oscar Pistorius sentence: Athlete's wealth and notoriety provoke an overdue debate on South African prisons
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Sorry Judy Finnigan – Ched Evans is no less sickening than an alleyway rapist
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Workers 'could be forced to pay £5 a week' to get benefits
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
£80 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Year 5 Teacher KS2 teaching job...
£35000 - £45000 Per Annum Pensions Scheme After 6 Months: Clearwater People So...
£35000 - £37000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Systems Analyst / Busines...
£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ampersand Consulting LLP: Senior Change ...