Zohra Sehgal: This famous grandmother of Hindi cinema born in Nawabi family, there was a lot of ruckus on marriage


Google has dedicated a doodle to actress and dancer Zohra Sehgal. Zohra Sehgal is considered to be the first female actress in India to be recognized on the international stage. In this special doodle, Zohra Sehgal is in the classical dance pose. They have a floral background behind them. Zohra Sehgal's Google Doodle is designed by artist Parvati Pillai. In fact, on 29 September 1946, Zohra Sehgal's film 'Neecha Nagar' was released at the Cannes Film Festival. The film 'Neecha Nagar' won the Palme d'Or, the Cannes Film Festival's biggest award. Zohra Sehgal was one of the actresses of Hindi cinema who never grew old with her vivacity.

Nawabi family

Zohra Sehgal was born on 27 April 1912 in the Nawabi family of Rampur princely state. His full name was Sahibzadi Zohra Mumtazulla Khan Begum. Mumtazullah, born third after the birth of two children Jakullah and Hazrah of the Rohilla Pathan family of Rampur, spent her childhood in Chakrata, Uttarakhand with Ikramullah, Ujra, Ana, and Sabira. Jumping on trees, making forays, plucking fruit from orchards and disturbing people passing around was one of Zohra's childhood habits.

Reached Germany to learn dance

Zohra Sehgal's life was full of struggles in childhood. His mother died at an early age. Her mother wanted that when Zohra went to Lahore to read, she went with her sister to attend Queen Mary College. There was a strict curtain in the college. He was fond of dance. Mama, who lives in Edinburgh, arranged for him. In this way, she became the first Indian woman to get admission to Mary Wigman Ballet School in Germany. For three years, Zohra learned a new age dance and during this time, she got a chance to see the dance drama which changed her life. During this time he met the famous Indian dancer Uday Shankar. Uday Shankar was delighted to see such a beautiful Indian woman abroad interested in traditional dance and said that she would see work for him as soon as he reached his homeland.

Prithvi Theater joined

In 1935, Zohra Sehgal joined Uday Shankar in Japan. After Japan, Zohra saw a lot of world with Uday Shankar through Egypt, Europe, and America. Returning to the country, Zohra started teaching with Uday Shankar at a school in Almora. He met Kamleshwar Sehgal here. Who was a scientist living in Indore? He was also fond of petting, and Indian dancing. Zohra and Kamleshwar got married. Zohra and Kamleshwar's marriage did not go well with all the people. The situation had turned into a riot but later, everyone agreed. The fire of partition of India also reached his home. Both reached Lahore and had opened the dance institute here, but soon it seemed that it would be difficult to survive in Lahore, even if the institute was not run. Both of them fled to Bombay with a year-old baby girl Kiran, where Zohra's sister Ujra was a prominent heroine of Prithvi Theater.

Worked with four generations of the Kapoor family

In 1945, Zohra Sehgal joined the Prithvi Theater. At that time he used to get 400 rupees per month. Apart from Prithvi Theater, Zohra was also an active member of IPTA. When Ipta made her debut film 'Dharti Ke Lal' under the direction of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas, she also became its heroine. Because of IPTA, Zohra also got work in Chetan Anand's 'Neecha Nagar'. She started doing choreography in films. The famous dream song of Raj Kapoor's film 'Awara' is decorated by Zohra Sehgal. From then onwards, Rishi Kapoor's son Ranbir Kapoor's debut film 'Saawariya', Zohra Sehgal kept bringing smiles to the faces of the audience with his special acts. In this way, he worked with four generations of the Kapoor family.