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Indian Cinema's grand Old Lady Zohra Sehgal Dies

NEW DELHI, July 11 (Bernama) -- Zohra Sehgal, the grand old lady of Indian cinema, on Thursday died of a heart attack aged 102.

"Prolific and full of life, Zohra Sehgal made a mark through her acting which is admired across generations. Saddened by her demise," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter.

Condolence messages from the industry and Indian cinema lovers flooded Twitter.

"Zohra Sehgal, 102, proves that if you live a life full of joy, the last thing you fear is death. RIP should read Rest in Joy," tweeted film director, producer and actor Shekhar Kapur.

"Zohra Sehgal passes away at 102 years. What a journey and what an immensely loveable co-star! Prayers for her blessed soul!!" said actor Amitabh Bachchan.

Zohra, an actress and choreographer, started her career as a dancer in 1935.

She appeared in many Bollywood films as a character actor as well as in English language films and television series.

In 1998, Zohra was honoured with the Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian honours.

"If they tell you Zohraji is dead, I want you to have a big laugh. Think about the funny things -- my funny face," was one of her famous quotes.

-- BERNAMA





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