There was something special about the three-time National Award-winning veteran actress Surekha Sikri, who passed away today (July 16, 2021) at the age of 75. She died of a cardiac attack. Though she was popular as ‘Dadisa’ in Balika Vadhu, she played many other significant roles in films.
Surekha Sikri was born on April 19, 1945. She was also a theatre actress (in addition to film and television actress). It was in the year 1978 when she debuted with a political drama film ‘Kissa Kursi Ka’. Since then, there was no looking back for her. She played supporting roles in several Hindi and Malayalam films, and in Indian soap operas with elan. She received several awards (three National Film Awards and a Filmfare Award).
It may be mentioned here that the brilliant actress won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress thrice [Tamas (1988), Mammo (1995) and Badhaai Ho (2018)]. Moreover, Sikri was awarded the Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Negative Role in 2008 for her work in the prime-time soap opera Balika Vadhu. She also received an award (the Indian Telly Award) for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the same show in 2011.
Sikri, a recipient of the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1989, was last seen in Badhaai Ho (2018). Her performance got her immense recognition as well as appreciation from viewers and critics.
Some of Sikri’s films are Anaadi Anant (1986), Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989), Parinati (1989), Nazar (1990), Karamati Coat (1993), Little Buddha (1993), Naseem (1995), Sardari Begum (1996), Janmadinam (1998, Malayalam film), Sarfarosh (1999), Dillagi (1999), Zubeidaa (2001), Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2003), Raghu Romeo (2003), Raincoat (2004), Tumsa Nahin Dekha (2004), Jo Bole So Nihaal (2005), Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006), Dev D (2009) and Sniff (2017).