NEW DELHI: Google on Tuesday celebrated the work of iconic Indian actress and dancer Zohra Sehgal with a doodle.
On this present day in 1946, Sehgal’s “Neecha Nagar” was launched on the Cannes Movie Pageant. The film, in accordance with Google, Indian cinema’s first worldwide essential success.
It gained the competition’s highest honour: the Palme d’Or prize.
Sahibzaadi Begum Zohra Mumtazullah Khan, a Rohilla Pathan of Rampur the Aristocracy, was born in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur.
In her early 20s, Sehgal attended a prestigious ballet faculty in Dresden, Germany. She travelled throughout the globe with legendary dancer Uday Shankar for ten years from 1935 to 1945, earlier than returning to India.
In India, she joined Prithvi Theatre and travelled throughout the nation with the troupe.
At Prithvi, Sehgal starred in Chetan Anand’s “Neecha Nagar”. The film is taken into account to be one of many first initiatives of the parallel cinema motion within the subcontinent.
In 1959, she moved to Delhi the place she was appointed because the director of the newly based Natya Academy.
She moved to London in 1962 the place she performed the function of Sheyrah within the English drama “Physician Who (1963-1989).
She was additionally part of miniseries “The Jewel in Crown” the place she performed the function of Lili Chatterjee.
Within the 1990s, Sehgal returned to India and continued performing. She performed a number of iconic roles in Bollywood movies. She grew to become very lively in Hindi movies in grandmotherly roles in excessive price range films resembling “Dil Se”, “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam”, “Veer Zara”, “Saawariya” and “Cheeni Kum”.
She was awarded Padma Shri in 1998 and Padma Bhushan in 2002. In 2010, she was awarded India’s second-highest civilian award of the Republic of India.