National-award winning actress Surekha Sikri dies, at 75

Surekha Sikri has passed away following a cardiac arrest earlier this morning at the age of 75.

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Veteran actor Surekha Sikri passed away due to cardiac arrest in Mumbai at the age of 75. “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 manager confessed to IndianExpress.

The National award winning actor’s career stretched from theatre and television to films and web series. She made her acting debut with the political drama film ‘Kissa Kursi Ka’ in 1978 and portrayed author-backed character across several movies in the industries. She received the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress thrice, including Mammo (1995), Tamas (1988), and Badhaai Ho (2018).

Surekha Sikri established a lot of rage with her character of a brutal lady ‘Kalyani Devi’ in Indian daily-soap ‘Balika Vadhu’. She was part of the show from its beginning (2008) till its end in 2018. Her act as a matriarch in 2018’s ‘Badhaai Ho’ was also much applauded by the audience. The actor had appeared in a wheelchair to pick up her honor. She was last seen in Netflix’s short film Ghost Stories which was directed by Zoya Akhtar.

Earlier, in 2018, Surekha had also suffered from a brain stroke after she slipped in the bathroom and strike her head. In 2019, she informed Hindustan Times, “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 Mahabaleshwar. I have not been able to work due to my illness. The doctors say that I will be alright soon.”

 

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