Press Trust of India
April 27, 2012 22:31 IST
"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.
"Thank you 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
"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, a hourglass figure and 5 foot 6
inches height," Zohra said in her usual witty manner.
"Once an interviewer asked me, what keeps me alive? I
said, sex. The power of the female gender keeps me alive."
In the recorded interview, she also said she had asked
for euthanasia to her daughter Kiran many a times. "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 (2007).
"It's 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".
Kiran 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."