Veteran actor Surekha Sikri passed away at the age of 75 in Mumbai on Friday due to cardiac arrest. Bollywood celebrities paid tribute to the late actor, as they remembered his powerful performances. Manoj Bajpayee, Sidharth Shukla, Anubhav Sinha and Sushant Singh were among those who remembered Surekha on social media.
Her manager shared with indianexpress.com, “Three-time nationally award-winning actress Surekha Sikri died of cardiac arrest earlier this morning at the age of 75. “a second stroke. She was surrounded by her family and caregivers. The family asks for privacy at this time. Om Sai Ram.”
Surekha first appeared on the big screen in the 1978 film Kissa Kursi Ka. From there, she was acclaimed for her roles in films like Tamas by Govind Nihalani, Mammo by Shyam Benegal and Sardari Begum. In the 90s, she featured prominently in TV shows like Banegi Apni Baat and Just Mohabbat.
It was her stint on the TV show Balika Vadhu that made her famous among the masses. She played the matriarch named Kalyani Devi who reigns with an iron fist but gradually softens towards the protagonist Anandi.
The 2018 film Badhaai Ho, for which she also won a national award, saw fans applaud her onscreen appearance. Amit Sharma’s film made her play the role of a woman from an Orthodox background but ready to embrace the new world.
She was last seen in the Netflix anthology Ghost Stories where she starred alongside Janhvi Kapoor in director Zoya Akhtar. Sikri played a bedridden patient who is lost in her world.