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Veteran Bollywood actor Zohra Sehgal dies aged 102

11 July 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

'The grand old lady of Bollywood' enjoyed a career spanning seven decades, landing roles in Doctor Who, Caravaggio and Bend It Like Beckham after moving to Britain in the 60s

The veteran Indian actor Zohra Sehgal, whose work spanned Bollywood classics and Doctor Who adventures, has died in New Delhi at the age of 102. "She died of a cardiac arrest this afternoon," her daughter, Kiran Sehgal, said on Thursday. "She [had been] unwell for the last three to four days."

Sehgal began her career as a dancer, touring Japan, Europe and the Us as part of a musical troupe. Her subsequent involvement with the leftwing theatre organisation Ipta led to a screen debut in the Bengal famine sage Dharti Ke Lal and launched a career that would span seven decades. Sehgal's second feature, the social-realist drama Neecha Nagar, went on to win the top prize at the 1946 Cannes film festival. Other notable films include Afsar, »

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