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‘Zohra Sehgal exclaimed champagne when offered tea, coffee’

Such was the spunk and joy in Zohra Sehgal's life that when on the sets of 1997 film Tamanna, she was offered tea or coffee, she asked for champagne, reveals the movie's producer and actress Pooja Bhatt. Zohra, who died in New Delhi Thursday aged 102, was 85 back then.

‘Had the privilege of working with #ZohraSehgal on my first film as a producer Tamanna. 'Champagne' she exclaimed when offered tea or coffee,’ Pooja tweeted in reminisce of the wondrous actress, who regaled film and theatre audiences for over seven decades. Her zest for life is a trait that many, including Pooja, wish to inculcate in their own life. ‘A long life is not what I seek. A full life? Yes indeed. Dear God - May I have the gall & desire for champagne & life a la #ZohraSehgal,’
she wrote.

The Veteran actress  died on Thursday of cardiac arrest at the age of 102, a family member said.
A heart patient, Sehgal was admitted to the Max Hospital after being diagnosed with pneumonia Wednesday. She died at 4.30 p.m. on Thursday. Her cremation will take place Friday.

In 1994, Sehgal was diagnosed with cancer, but she fought it off and did not let illness or age dampen her spirit. A theatre veteran, Sehgal was well-versed with the Hindi film industry and is one of the few actors who worked with four generations of Bollywood's famous Kapoor family - Prithviraj Kapoor to Raj Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor to Ranbir Kapoor. Her last big screen appearance was in Saawariya. Among several awards, she was honoured with the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan.
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