27 April


27 April 1912: Zohra Sehgal, Indian Actress and Choreographer was born

Zohra Sehgal, a respected Indian film and theatre actress, choreographer and dancer, was born on 27 April 1912 in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, to Mumtazullah Khan and Natiqua Begum. She made her film debut with Dharti Ke Lal (1946), which was directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas. Her next film was the award-winning Neecha Nagar, directed by Chetan Anand. She continued to act in plays and choreographed for films like Baazi and Awaara. She was the director of the Natya Academy for some time. Later she appeared in several British television shows and did small roles in films.

In the 1980s she played the role of Lady Chatterjee in The Jewel in the Crown, a TV show. She went on to appear in other TV series such as Tandoori Nights. After the mid-1990s, she’s appeared in several Indian films, including Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Veer-Zaara and Cheeni Kum.

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