On this day in 1946, Zohra’s film ‘Neecha Nagar’ received the highest honors, the last film ‘Sawaria’, died at the age of 102.

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Google has created a doodle to honor the late Indian actress Johra Shegal. In this doodle, Johra is seen dancing among flowers, created by an artist named Parvati Pillai. September 29th is not Zohra’s birthday or death anniversary, so you must be wondering why this doodle was created?

In fact, Zohra’s film ‘Neecha Nagar’ was released on the same day at the 1944 Cannes Film Festival. The film won the highest honor at the Cannes, the Palme d’Or.

‘Sawariya’ was the last picture

Zohra started her career in 1935 as a dancer. Johra’s last film to contribute to Hindi cinema for seven decades was Savariya in 2007. He died of a heart attack on July 10, 2014. He was 102 years old.

The journey of the movie from the theater

Johra Shegal was born on April 2, 1922 in the Rohila Pathan family in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. He is the third child of Mamtazullah Khan and Natik Begum. Zohra spent her childhood in the cycle of Uttarakhand. Johra acted in Prithviraj Kapoor’s Prithvi Theater for 14 years and followed it through films.

Johra did not leave the theater even after appearing in the film. At the age of 755, he made memorable appearances in ‘Dil Se’, ‘Hum Dil De Chuk Sanam’, ‘Chini Kam’, ‘Kabi Khushi Kabi Jham’, ‘Bir-Zara’ and ‘Saawariya’.

Johra Shegal’s family

On August 14, 1942, Zohra was married to painter, dancer and scientist Kameshwar Sehgal. They have two children named daughter Kiran and son Pawan. Johra was staying with her daughter in the last days.

The daughter wrote a biography titled ‘Johra Sehgal: Fatty’

In 2012, daughter Kiran wrote her biography titled ‘Johra Sehgal: Fatty’. Orissa dancer Kiran lamented that in the last few days her mother had not even moved into the government flat, which she claimed. He said he was always lively and full of energy.


  • 1963: Sangeet Natak Academy
  • 1998: Padma Shri
  • 2001: Kalidas Award
  • 2002: Padma Bhushan
  • 2004: Sangeet Natak Academy Fellowship
  • 2010: Padma Vibhushan


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