Surekha Sikri, a three-time National Award winner best remembered for her roles in Balika Vadhu and Badhaai Ho, died at the age of 75.
Surekha Sikri, a veteran performer, died at the age of 75 after having a heart attack, according to her management. She had been ill for months and had had a brain stroke in the year 2020.
“Three-time national award-winning actress, Surekha Sikri, has gone away at the age of 75 suffering a heart attack earlier this morning,” her manager informed indianexpress.com. She had been dealing with the aftereffects of a second brain stroke. She was surrounded by her loved ones as well as her caretakers. At this time, the family requests privacy. Om Sai Ram,” he says.
Surekha Sikri made her film debut with Kissa Kursi Ka in 1978. For her appearances in Tamas (1988), Mammo (1995), and Badhaai Ho (1999), she received the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress three times (2018). Her role in the primetime serial series Balika Vadhu catapulted her to fame. Her performance in the Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer Badhaai Ho received a lot of praise and was viewed as a sort of return for her.
She was most recently seen in filmmaker Zoya Akhtar’s short film Ghost Stories, which was part of the Netflix anthology Ghost Stories.
She was taken to the hospital in 2020 after having a stroke. She was also said to be going through a financial tough patch at the time, which she later refuted. “That was reported wrongly in the news. Surekhaji manages her own finances and enjoys the support of her family, including her son. For the time being, financial support is not required. Many of her well-wishers, coworkers, and filmmakers were generous enough to donate money. They’ve been told that the family is taking care of everything and providing her with the finest care imaginable. Her manager told Mid-Day, “We’d want to thank everyone who reached out to us.”
Surekha suffered a stroke in 2018 after falling in the restroom and hitting her head. “I suffered a brain stroke 10 months ago and I have been healing since then,” she told Hindustan Times in a 2019 interview. While filming in Mahabaleshwar, I slipped and injured my head in the restroom. Due to my sickness, I have been unable to work. The doctors say I’ll be OK in a few days.”