Zohra Sehgal Biography
(Indian Actress, Dancer, and Choreographer.)
Birthday: April 27, 1912 (Taurus)
Born In: Saharanpur, India
Zohra Sehgal was an Indian actor, choreographer, and dancer, best known for starring in numerous Indian and British films during her long and illustrious career. She was born in Rampur, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. She hailed from a family of Rohilla Pathan Muslims. She was the third of the seven children in the family. Her parents were affluent. When she contracted glaucoma in one eye at the age of 1, she was treated in the U.K. Upon graduating from ‘Queen Mary College,’ Lahore, she joined a ballet school in Dresden, Germany, and learned modern dancing. She met Uday Shankar in Europe. He promised to work with her back in India. In the mid-1930s, she joined Uday’s troupe and performed in Japan, Europe, Egypt, and many other places. In the mid-1940s, she began doing theater with ‘IPTA’ back in India, and in 1946, she made her film debut with the movie ‘Dharti ke Lal.’ Since then, she has appeared in many Indian (Hindi) and British films. Some of her most popular Hindi films are ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam,’ ‘Veer-Zara,’ and ‘Saawariya.’ She was honored with a ‘Padma Shri Award’ by the Indian government in 1998 and was adorned with many more honors in her lifetime.