Zohra Sehgal

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Zohra's loss leaves film fraternity heartbroken

By HT

The death of legendary actress Zohra Sehgal here on Thursday left the film industry mourning in extreme grief.

No sooner had the news of her demise was out, celebrities from Bollywood and friends and admirers of the livewire personality took to social media to pay their tributes to her.

Actors, filmmakers, among others shifted between nostalgia and melancholia, in recalling her extraordinary career as actor and choreographer, the twin hats that she wore with equal aplomb.

"Zohra Sehgal passes away at 102 yrs... What a journey and what an immensely lovable co-star! Prayer for her blessed soul!," actor Amitabh Bachchan tweeted.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar paid his homage by sharing a vintage picture of her from the 1940s on the micro-blogging site.

"Zohra Sehgal, during a stage performance..." he said on his account.

Sehgal, who died at about 4.30pm in a hospital in the national capital following a cardiac arrest, forever remained a symbol of joy and energy, both, for those who had the opportunity to work with her and those who just knew her persona through screen.

Union information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar too expressed his heartfelt tribute.

"My condolences on the sad demise of the veteran actress Zohra Sehgal. Her legendary contribution in the field of art & cinema will live on," he tweeted.

Television producer Siddharth Basu tweeted, "Forever young at heart & in spirit even at 102, the irrepressibly endearing Zohra Sehgal finally belongs to the ages. May she rest in peace."

Actress Diya Mirza also joined in paying her tribute to the "grand old lady" on Twitter. "102 years of greatness. I will always love you. Zohraji. RIP. #GrandOldLady of #IndianCinema. #ZohraSehgal." Mirza said.

Actress Priyanka Chopra called it an honour to know the centenarian, who wowed everyone during her lifetime with her matchless reserves of energy.

"102 n a legacy that will always be a part of India cinema. It was an honour to know #ZohraSehgal and to be a part of films while she was. RIP".

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