Veteran actress Zohra Segal reacts while cutting a cake on her 100th birthday in New Delhi.
"Meri lipstick theek hai," she asked shutterbugs who clamoured to take a
picture of her. "Meri awaaz aa rahi hai? Vo mike lagao," she said to
the eager audience who wanted to hear her.
Celebrating her 100th
birthday with the launch of her daughter Kiran's book, the grand old
lady of Indian Cinema Zohra Segal showed that she continues to defy her
age with her indomitable spirit and feisty enthusiasm.
all for coming here today. The relationship between an artist and the
audience is the most beautiful. If you people hadn't turned up, who
would we have spoken to?" said Zohra, who arrived on a wheelchair helped
by her great granddaughter Madhyama.
"All my life I have been
active in my profession since October 8, 1935. Even when my children
were born, or my husband committed suicide, I managed to carry on. After
the 75th year of my career, I decided to stop," she said in an audio
visual recorded to commemorate her 100th birthday.
What does she
wish for in life now that she has turned 100? "I want long blonde hair,
an hourglass figure and 5 foot 6 inches height," Zohra said in her usual
"Once an interviewer asked me, what keeps me alive? I said, sex. The power of the female gender keeps me alive."
the recorded interview, she also said she had asked for euthanasia from
her daughter Kiran many a time. "I would like to take an injection and
go to sleep."
Zohra, called the "laadli" of entertainment and the
doyenne of Indian theatre, was part of many a film and stage production
over the past seven decades. Having starred in films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
, Dil Se
and Cheeni Kum
, Zohra was last seen in Sawariyaa
a proud day for us that Zohraji has completed 100 years of her life.
Her infectious energy is inspiring," said Prime Minister's wife
Gursharan Kaur, who calls Zohra 'Ammi', after launching her biography Zohra Segal: Fatty
said, "When I was approached to write the book, I wasn't interested.
She is my mother, I don't feel anything special about her. After much
insistence I started jotting down points from my childhood, and that's
how the book has come to be."
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