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Veteran actress Surekha Sikri passed away due to a cardiac arrest on Friday. She was 75. The National Award-winning actress had been battling health issues after suffering from a brain 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. She was surrounded by family and her caregivers,"read a statement from her manager.
"The family asks for privacy at this time. Om Sai Ram🙏,” it added.
Born on April 19, 1945, in Delhi, Sikri graduated from the National School of Drama in 1971. She made her debut with the movie Kissa Kursi Ka in 1978.
One of her best performances at the start of her career was in Tamas, which fetched her a National Award for Best Supporting Actress. She added to the tally with another National Award for Best Supporting Actress for the movie Mammo in 1995.
Sarfarosh, Zubeidaa, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, Raincoat were among the other acclaimed films of her career.
She was also featured in numerous TV shows, and one of her career’s most popular roles was as Kalyani Devi Dharamveer Singh aka Dadisa in Balika Vadhu.
One of her last and most-loved characters was in the Ayushmann Khurrana-blockbuster Badhaai Ho in 2018, which once again fetched her a National Award for Best Supporting Actress. The news of her suffering from a brain stroke had surfaced in 2020, and many celebrities had helped her at that time.
Surekha Sikri ji passed away due cardiac arrest earlier this morning.— CinemaRare (@CinemaRareIN) July 16, 2021
Kissa Kursi Ka, Tamas, Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro, Parinati, Mammo, Naseem, Sardari Begum, Sarfarosh, Zubeidaa, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, Ghost Stories, Badhaai Ho..
Your legacy will live on..
Rest In Peace Surekha ji. pic.twitter.com/gwI3POY5GN
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