Veteran actor Surekha Sikri passed away due to cardiac arrest at 75!

written by Ritika Nath | July 16, 2021

Veteran Actress Surekha Sikri passed away due to cardiac arrest on Friday. Surekha Sikri, a National Award-winning actress, died in Mumbai at the age of 75. The actor had been ill for a long period, having suffered a cerebral stroke in 2020 and a paralytic stroke in 2018.

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The legendary actor's career included work in theatre, films, and television. She made her cinematic debut in 1978 with Kissa Kursi Ka, a political drama. Tamas (1988), Mammo (1995), and Badhaai Ho (2018) all earned her the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress (2018).

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She graduated from the National School of Drama (NSD) in 1971. She was born in Uttar Pradesh. With her performance as stern grandmother Kalyani Devi in the TV serial Balika Vadhu, the actor gained a lot of recognition.  Her role as a grandmother in 2018's Badhaai Ho was likewise well regarded, and she got a National Award for it. The actress was in a wheelchair when she arrived to accept her award.

She was brought to the hospital in 2020 after suffering a stroke. She was also rumoured to be going through a financial difficult time at the time, which she later denied.

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"That was incorrectly put out in the press. Surekhaji has her own finances and the family, including her son, is by her side. There is no need for financial assistance for now. Many of her well-wishers, colleagues and filmmakers were kind enough to offer financial assistance. They have been informed that the family is taking care of everything and giving her the best possible treatment. We would like to acknowledge everyone who reached out to us,"  her manager stated.

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