3-time National Award-winning veteran actress Surekha Sikri, who was widely lauded for her role in Balika Vadhu, died today due to cardiac arrest. She was 75-years-old at the time of her death. As per the statement issued by her agent, the media was let known that the veteran actress had been suffering from complications after her second brain stroke.
3-time National Award winner for best supporting actress, veteran actor Surekha Sikri died due to cardiac arrest at 75-years-of age. As per the statement issued by the Balika Vadhu actress’ agent, Sikri was suffering from complications that emerged after her second brain stroke.
Mumbai: Three-time national award-winning veteran actress Surekha Sikri passes away following a cardiac arrest earlier this morning. She was 75 years old. pic.twitter.com/QSumOrKECb
— ANI (@ANI) July 16, 2021
“She was surrounded by family and caregivers”
Her statement, as shared by her agent Vivek Sidhwani, read-
“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.”
Her statement also went on to say that-
“She was surrounded by family and her caregivers. The family asks for privacy at this time.”
Suffering from paralytic and brain strokes
Surekha suffered a brain stroke back in 2019 and had also suffered a paralytic stroke one year prior to the brain stroke mishap. She spoke to a major news publishing platform in 2019 after she won her third National Award for Badhai Ho.
That’s when she opened up about her health conditions and was quoted saying-
“I had a brain stroke ten months ago and I have been recovering since then. I fell down and hit my head in the bathroom while shooting in Mahableshwar. I have not been able to work due to my illness. The doctors say that I will be alright soon.”
Twitter Erupts after Surekha Sikri’s Death
After her death, many popular actors and actresses took to Twitter to express their shock and grief.
Veteran actor Manoj Bajpayee shared a tweet saying, “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”
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🙏🙏
— manoj bajpayee (@BajpayeeManoj) July 16, 2021
Popular Bollywood actress turned enviornmental activist Dia Mirza also took to Twitter and wrote, “There is no one like her. Absolutely no one. What an extraordinary woman. An artist par excellence. Those eyes and that smile Star-struck Her craft will inspire generations of performers. Was lucky to have the chance to witness her magic in person.”
There is no one like her. Absolutely no one. What an extraordinary woman. An artist par excellence. Those eyes and that smile 🤩 Her craft will inspire generations of performers. Was lucky to have the chance to witness her magic in person 🙏🏻✨ #RIPSurekhaSikri pic.twitter.com/UXxXKUNdVK
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) July 16, 2021
Other prominent actors, politicians, influencers too paid their respects to the departed soul.
— Karenvir Bohra (@KVBohra) July 16, 2021
Sad to know about the demise of veteran theatre , television , film actress & a great human being #SurekhaSikhri ji due to cardiac arrest .
It’s a great loss to the industry.
My heartfelt condolences to her near & dear ones .
ॐ शान्ति !
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) July 16, 2021
Heartfelt condolences on the demise of veteran actress Surekha Sikri ji. May God bless her soul. https://t.co/2elV7jlgzl
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 16, 2021
Few actors are as versatile & accomplished as Surekha Sikri ji. She was an institution. Young actors must watch her work. RIP🙏 pic.twitter.com/y1sEA1iSXG
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) July 16, 2021
— URVASHI RAUTELA🇮🇳 (@UrvashiRautela) July 16, 2021
— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) July 16, 2021
The Life and Times of Surekha Sikri (1945 – 2021)
Born and brought up in Uttar Pradesh, Sikri learned the craft and madness of acting from the prestigious National School of Drama where she graduated from in 1971. Her debut came in the 70s where she was seen in the critically acclaimed political comedy Kissa Kursi Ka.
In her career – which spanned all three mediums of entertainment – theatre, films and television, she played crucial supportive roles that more than often took all the limelight.
Winning 2 National Awards in Less than a Decade
In 1988, she won her first National Film Award for the Best Supporting Actress for Tamas. The television-based film dealt with the plight of the emigrant Hindu and Sikh families after the partition. Less than a decade later, she bagged her second National Film Award for playing the supporting actress in Shyam Benegal’s Mammo.
Receiving National Award on the Wheel Chair
Her third National award came during the later stages of career. It was Ayushmann Khurana and Neena Gupta starrer Badhai Ho where Sikri again made her mark. While receiving the National Award, she had taken to stage in a wheelchair and won the hearts of all her fans once again.
The respect and honour she received and deserved. What an amazing journey has it been for #surekhasikri. Here is a clip from the National Award she received with that standing ovation 👍🙏 pic.twitter.com/SDkQQsN0pH
— Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani77) July 16, 2021
Playing Dadi Sa in Balika Vadhu
The actress also found a lot of following thanks to her role as a stern and strict matriarch in the television drama Balika Vadhu. She played Kalyani Devi in the show and from the show’s inception to its eventual end, played the part with utmost sincerity. For this she again won Indian Television Academy Awards’ Best Actress in a Negative Role in 2008, 2009 and the Best Actress – Drama in 2010, 2011, 2014.