1912 – The Grand old Lady of Indian cinema and theatre, actress and choreographer, Sahibzadi Zohra Begum Mumtaz-ullah Khan, better known as Zohra Sehgal, was born. Starting her career as a Dancer with Padma Vibhushan – Uday Shankar, she went on to become an actress in several Bollywood and English language films as well as television series. She made her debut with Dharti Ke Lal (1946) and in the same year her second film Neecha Nagar won the ‘Palme d’Or’ at the Cannes Film Festival. She also choreographed for several Hindi films, including Guru Dutt’s Baazi (1951) and Raj Kapoor’s Awaara. She also made several short appearances in films like Bhaji on the Beach (1992), Dil Se.. (1998), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), and Cheeni Kum (2007). She has several awards to her credit : Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1963), Padma Shri (1998), Kalidas Samman (2001), Padma Bhushan (2002), Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (2004) and Padma Vibhushan (2010).
2009 – Regarded as the ‘Clint Eastwood’ of the East and known for his cowboy flamboyance, noted film actor, director and producer, Feroz Khan passed away. He made his debut as a second lead with the 1960 release ‘Didi’ for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Debut but it was ‘Oonche Log’(1965) that was his first major success. He continued to appear in supporting roles and featured in hits like ‘Arzoo’(1965), ‘Upasana’(1967), ‘Aadmi Aur Insaan’(1969) that gave him his second Filmfare Award (Best Supporting Actor), ‘Mela’(1971) and ‘Nagin’(1976).
He turned producer-director in 1971 with ‘Apradh’ being his first venture. He also produced, directed and appeared in the lead in ‘Dharmatma’ (1975). It was the first Indian picture to be filmed in Afghanistan. He also remembered for churning out box-office hits like ‘Janbaaz’ (1986), ‘Dayavan’ (1988), and ‘Yalgaar’ (1992). In recognition of his contribution to the film industry he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.