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Veteran actress Surekha Sikri passed away due to a cardiac arrest. She was 75 years old. Surekha Sikri first endured a brain stroke in 2018 but was revived. Nonetheless, she underwent a second brain stroke last year, which led to further complexities. As per the write-up, she died surrounded by friends and family.

A three-time National Film Award winner, Surekha Sikri was one of the most excellent actors to have graced the silver screen. From Kissa Kursi Ka to Ghost Stories, her filmography crossed over 40 decades. And also showed that she was a pro when it came to slipping into the skin of a character.

An NSD graduate, she was also one of the few actors to regularly push the envelope with her role and movie choices. The movies she did took a mirror to society. It brought information to essential matters, right from her first National Award-winning film Tamas (1988), to her last, Badhaai Ho (2018). Surekha Sikri last seen in Netflix’s anthology Ghost Stories, in part directed by Zoya Akhtar.

An actor par excellence, she also ruled the TV industry. She depicted Kalyani Devi Singh, the severe family matriarch, in the famous soap Balika Vadhu. A bonafide star, Sikri was a unique actor who formed a place for herself with her remarkable characters and robust performances. Her death is a loss for both the film industry and fans of movies and acting.

In 2019, Surekha Sikri acknowledged with the Best Supporting Actress National Award for Badhaai Ho, marking her third National Award win. In 1988, she won a National Award for Tamas and then in 1995 for Mammo. Surekha Sikri, who graduated from the National School of Drama, was esteemed with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1989.

May Her soul rest in peace!

By Ram

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