HomeEntertainmentNationwide Award-winning actor Surekha Sikri dies at 75

Nationwide Award-winning actor Surekha Sikri dies at 75

Sikri was final seen in Netflix’s anthology ‘Ghost Tales’ (2020), within the story directed by Zoya Akhtar

Mumbai: Veteran actor Surekha Sikri, identified for her work in movies “Mammo”, “Badhaai Ho” and TV present “Balika Vadhu”, died on Friday morning on the age of 75 following a cardiac arrest, her agent mentioned.

In a press release shared with the media, the agent mentioned the actor was affected by problems arising out of a second mind 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 mentioned.

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

Sikri had suffered her first mind stroke in September final 12 months.

The artiste leaves behind a wealthy physique of labor unfold throughout theatre, tv and movies.

Finest identified to modern audiences as ‘Dadisa’ from the favored Indian cleaning soap opera “Balika Vadhu” and the cantankerous-yet-lovable mother-in-law from “Badhaai Ho!”, the Delhi-born artiste, spent her childhood days within the hills of the Kumaon area of Uttarakhand.


She accomplished her commencement from the Aligarh Muslim College (AMU), Uttar Pradesh, after which enrolled for the Nationwide Faculty of Drama (NSD) in 1968.

Put up her commencement from the NSD in 1971, Sikri continued to work in theatre and was connected with the NSD Repertory Firm for greater than a decade, performing in hit productions reminiscent of “Sandhya Chhaya”, “Tughlaq” and “Adhe Adhure”.

With an goal to discover different avenues as an actor, Sikri shifted base to Mumbai within the late Nineteen Seventies and made her debut in movies with Amrit Nahata’s 1978 political satire “Kissa Kursi Ka” and adopted it up with critically-acclaimed options “Tamas” (1986) by Govind Nihalani, for which she received her first Nationwide Movie Award, and Saeed Akhtar Mirza’s “Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro” in 1989. The identical 12 months she was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.


Shyam Benegal’s 1994 characteristic movie “Mammo”, starring Farida Jalal within the lead, additional established Sikri because the go to individual for important supporting characters. Her efficiency within the movie as grandmother Fayyuzi additionally earned her the second Nationwide Movie Award.

The director-actor duo additional collaborated on 1996 musical “Sardari Begum” and 2001’s “Zubeidaa”.

In cinema, Sikri labored with the celebrated filmmakers like Rituparno Ghosh, Aparna Sen and Mani Kaul amongst others.

The actor made her foray into tv within the Nineties with “Sanjha Chula” and went on to characteristic in well-liked reveals like “Kabhie Kabhie”, “Just Mohabbat”, “CID”, “Banegi Apni Baat” and “Balika Vadhu”.


Her portrayal of strict matriarch Kalyani Devi Dharamveer Singh aka Dadisa within the present made her well-liked among the many youthful era of movie in addition to tv administrators.

She performed the a part of ‘Dadi’ in different cleaning soap operas like “Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil…” and “Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani…”. Sikri’s back-to-back spectacular turns because the grandmother on TV, helped her land the 2018 characteristic “Badhaai Ho”.

The movie, starring Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao and Ayushmann Khurrana in lead roles, was one of many largest hits of the 12 months and introduced Sikri her third Nationwide Movie Award.

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


The actor was married to Hemant Rege until his dying in 2009. She is survived by her son Rahul Sikri.


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