Memoirs of a Life on Stage and Screen
|Zohra Segal is the
last of our great theatre artists. Believe me, the marvelous weight
of pleasure her acting has given us all over the years, ennobles
all those clichés about a great star. The kind that responds to
something deep inside her, not to the actor she plays opposite,
and will always be a pleasure to watch.
|This is a woman
one cannot help but instantly admire …The non-nonsense attitude,
the energy, the grit, the independent mindset and sharp intelligence
that underly this account of a long, active life spanning close to
a hundred years.
|Segal is the first
to laugh at her peculiar path to fame …She said "I was with
Prithvi Theatres for 15 years as the leading lady. No fame,
I was in England for 25 years, working with Ben Kingsley,
Yul Brynner. No fame. Back in India, I went to a dance
performance, no one recognised me. Later, I started acting in
films, and there was one movie in which I had to slap Govinda.
After that, fame! People used to stop me on the street and say
'Apne Govinda ko thappad maara!
Imagine, after what I'd done with Prithvi Theatres…" Her voice
trailed off, then she added, "I have no regrets. It made me a lot
of money; my fees went up to five lakh per day after that." Yet
before hero-slaps and appearance fees, Segal had led a charmed
life for decades, leaping blithely from one historic setting to
another, treading the boards with some of the most charismatic
actors and dancers of the century. The story of that life is
now told in her autobiography Close-Up, published by Women Unlimited.
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