Surekha Sikri, Bollywood’s favourite Dadi who was known for her badass roles in movies like Badhaai Ho and TV shows like Balika Vadhu, dies at 75 due to cardiac arrest.
Surekha Sikri dies of cardiac arrest
Veteran actress Surekha Sikri died on Friday morning at the age of 75 following a cardiac arrest, her agent said. In a statement shared with the media, the agent said the actor had been suffering from complications arising from a second 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,” the actor’s agent Vivek Sidhwani said.
“She was surrounded by family and her caregivers. The family asks for privacy at this time. Om Sai Ram,” he added.
Sikri had suffered a brain stroke in September last year and was discharged after a few days.
The veteran actor’s career spanned theatre, films and television. She made her debut with 1978 political drama film Kissa Kursi Ka and played author-backed roles across films in various industries. She received the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress thrice, including Tamas (1988), Mammo (1995) and Badhaai Ho (2018).
Born in Uttar Pradesh, she graduated from National School of Drama (NSD) in 1971. She also won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1989. The actor’s father was in the Air Force and her mother was a teacher. She married Hemant Rege and they have a son together, Rahul Sikri.
The actor found a lot of popularity with her role of a stern matriarch Kalyani Devi in TV soap Balika Vadhu. She was part of the show from its inception 2008 till its end in 2016. Her act as a matriarch in 2018’s Badhaai Ho was also much appreciated, for which she also received a National Award. The actor had arrived in a wheelchair to pick up her award.