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Her characteristic lust for life appeared undimmed late Friday in the release of his first official biography, "Zohra Segal, Fatty" by daughter Kiran Segal.
And, "Segal" is how they chose to spell the name.
The title "Fatty" is an endearment used by Kiran for her "weight conscious mother, Zohra," which "is very particular about his stature as a 16-year-old star."
"She weighs herself every week and if she is a little above (overweight), then at lunch is a toast instead of two," Kiran said.
He was born April 27, 1912, in Saharanpur to Rohilla Pathan owners, Zohra went with his uncle to England by road from India "in an old Dodge car through Afghanistan and Iran" to train as an actor.
She recalls the trip in detail: "I was sitting in the front with my uncle. A young man sat at the back." She took a ship to Europe from Egypt.
The biography, pictorial monogram, published by Niyogi Books was unveiled by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's wife Gursharan Kaur.
The actress was presented with a bouquet of 101 roses, cake, a commemorative photo of the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT), a painting by the director general of Indian Council of Cultural Relations, gifts for family and old friends.
Zohra was surrounded by representatives of four families - her daughter, son, and her own family and those of her in-laws that she said "I went into the making of the Segal story."
"Ao ao, Yeh mauka Aur nahin milega (Come, come you will not get this opportunity again)," she commanded them to a small podium.
Relaxed in a wheel chair, Zohra, clothed in cotton salwar kameez ', revealed the secret of his long productive life as an "inner fire that pushed me through life."
"I used to tell my daughter that I felt I did everything in my life and I wish that someone would euthanise me. I shall sleep in peace with injection," she said.
Releasing the book, Gursharan Kaur, who directs the actress as "Loving", said he was proud a day as a "dear Zohraji completed 100 years of his extremely productive life."
"Zohra is a multi-facetted an icon of youthful fervor. She is a mysterious woman even though the life was an open book. It is an emotional moment for us," Kaur said. She wrapped a richly-embroidered Kashmiri shawl around the actress as a personal sign of love.
"She is my adopted daughter," the actress explained.
The low-key celebration was one marked with nostalgia and remiscence.
A documentary by noted stage personalities M.K. Raina and Anant Raina, "Zohra Segal: An Interview 2012", structured around a long conversation with the actress and old pictures of the early years of the family albums walked the guests through 75 years of his active life.
It began with Zohra as a teenager, her years abroad, as a dancer in Uday Shankar, the company, and her days at the Prithvi Theatre, his marriage to Kameshwar Segal, family and movies.
Zohra describes husband Kameshwar, his young student, "as a versatile talent who was jack of all trades but could not control no."
"He was a talented artist, homoeopath, dancer and cook ... but he could not be famous," she said.
"Zohra the resistance is like Ocean," a friend and interviewer MK Raina recalled.
Raina met Zohra at Mandi House in New Delhi for the first time when he was assigned to administer the National Folk Ensemble in late prime minister Indira Gandhi.
Later, Segal became fat advocate of the progressive campaigns of the SAHMAT promote social causes and the friendship between Raina and Zohra deepened, the theater veteran said.
Related to the making of the pictorial biography, Kiran said: "When I was first approached by the publishers, I did not want to write the book because I was neither a writer nor a historian. What can I say about my mother? But after much insistence, I began jotting down I could remember from my childhood. When she was free, we ought to speak. I do not want the book to be edited because it was spontaneous. "
A long time associate Dolly Thakore, an actress, casting director and television personality, said she met Zohra in 1966 in London to try to play in Zohra's house.
"APA (Zohra) worked at the India Tea Board. At the time, it was an epidemic in London and being Indians, we are herded like workers. We decided we had enough of the discrimination, and formed the Coloured Artists' Dramatic Association," Thakore reminisced.
Zohra, on her part, did not give in life. "I want to be blonde with blue eyes," she said.