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Surekha Sikri dies at 75, Balika Vadhu actor Avika Gor mourns the loss of ‘Dadisa’

The three-time National Award-winning actor was last seen in Netflix's anthology Ghost Stories Team Newsfile

Mumbai: Veteran actor Surekha Sikri passed away on Friday morning at the age of 75 of a cardiac arrest. The three-time National Award-winning actor was known for films such as Badhaai Ho, Tamas and TV shows like Balika Vadhu. She is survived by her son Rahul Sikri

In a statement shared with the media, the agent of Surekha Sikri said the actor had been suffering from complications arising from a second brain stroke.

“Three-time national award winning actress, Surekha Sikri has passed away following a cardiac arrest earlier this morning at the age of 75. She had been suffering from complications arising from a second brain stroke,” the actor’s agent Vivek Sidhwani said.

“She was surrounded by family and her caregivers. The family asks for privacy at this time. Om Sai Ram,” he added.

An actor par excellence  

From theatre, films to television, the veteran dabbled three media with equal ease. She made her debut in 1978 with political drama film Kissa Kursi Ka. She received the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress thrice, including Tamas (1988), Mammo (1995) and Badhaai Ho (2018).

Sikri was last seen in Netflix’s anthology Ghost Stories (2020), in the story directed by Zoya Akhtar.

Actor Pooja Bhatt wrote, “She was a force of nature if ever there was one. Hence I won’t say rest in peace but RAGE in peace Surekhaji. As you did, during your time on earth!” Actor Manoj Bajpayee also shared, “Very Sad news!!! One of the greatest talents Surekha Sikari ji passed away leaving behind so many great performances in theatre and cinema!! She was a treat to watch on stage. Can’t forget some of those memories of her act in theatre. Great craft and a graceful person!! RIP”

Family Man actor Manoj Bajpayee said “she was a treat to watch on stage.” “Very Sad news !!! One of the greatest talent Surekha Sikari ji passed away leaving behind so many great performances in theatre and cinema!! She was a treat to watch on stage.can’t forget some of those memories of her act in theatre.great craft and a graceful person!! RIP,” he tweeted.

 Balika Vadhu actor remember ‘Dadisa’

Born in Uttar Pradesh, she graduated from National School of Drama (NSD) in 1971. The Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee found immense fame, courtesy her ‘Dadisa’ role as Kalyani Devi in TV serial Balika Vadhu. Since 2008 till the end of the serial in 2016, she was part of the serial. In 2018, she won the nation’s heart as Ayushmann Khurrana’s grandmother in Badhaai Ho, for which she also received a National Award. The actor had arrived in a wheelchair to pick up her award.

Avika Gor, who had acted with Surkeha Sikri on Balika Vadhu, took to her Instagram and shared a throwback picture and penned a heartbreaking note.

 “I have some amazing memories with Surekha ji. Apart from being an incredible actress she was a beautiful human. It was always difficult to match her energy levels during the scenes but she made sure I was comfortable every time I was around her & that taught me to be grounded. I have always wanted to be like her.. hardworking.. grounded.. kind. She has truly left us a legacy to follow. Dadisaa… I will always love you, my guardian angel. RIP.”

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