Friday, July 16, 2021
Bollywood actor Surekha Sikri, famous for her strong role in Balika Vadhu has passed away at the age of 75 of a cardiac arrest.
The veteran actress Sikri breathed her last on Friday morning, her manager confirmed.
The actor was ailing for a long time and had suffered two brain strokes in 2020 and 2018.
She had been suffering from complications arising from a second brain stroke. She was surrounded by family and her caregivers.
Among those who mourned the loss were actors Manoj Bajpayee, Pooja Bhatt, Divyenndu and Divya Dutta.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal also paid a tribute to her. “Heartfelt condolences on the demise of veteran actress Surekha Sikri ji. May God bless her soul,” he wrote on Twitter.
The veteran actor’s career spanned theatre, films and television. Surekha Sikri made her debut with 1978 political drama film Kissa Kursi Ka and played author-backed roles across films in various industries. She received the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress thrice, including Tamas (1988), Mammo (1995) and Badhaai Ho (2018).
Born in Uttar Pradesh, she graduated from National School of Drama (NSD) in 1971. She also won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1989. The actor’s father was in the Air Force and her mother was a teacher. She married Hemant Rege and they have a son together, Rahul Sikri.
The actor found a lot of popularity with her role of a stern matriarch Kalyani Devi in TV soap Balika Vadhu. She was part of the show from its inception 2008 till its end in 2016. Her act as a matriarch in 2018’s Badhaai Ho was also much appreciated, for which she also received the Best Supporting Actress National Award.
The actor had suffered two strokes and was ailing for many months. She fell down and hit on head in the bathroom while shooting in Mahabaleshwar.