Badhaai Ho actress Surekha Sikri dies of cardiac arrest at 75
Veteran actress Surekha Sikri died at the age of 75 of a cardiac arrest. The actor was known for films such as Badhaai Ho and TV shows like Balika Vadhu. The actor was not well for some time and had suffered a brain stroke in 2020 and a paralytic stroke earlier in 2018. The actor’s manager confirmed the news to Indian Express.
A recipient of three National Film Awards, Sikri, a film, theatre and TV veteran was best known for her performances in Tamas, Mammo, Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro, Zubeidaa and daily soap Balika Vadhu. She received widespread praise for her role of a grandmother in Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer Badhaai Ho (2018). Surekha Sikri made her debut in 1978, with the film Kissa Kursi Ka.
Earlier, in 2018, Surekha had a brain stroke after she fell in the bathroom and hit her head. She had told Hindustan Times in a 2019 interview, “I had a brain stroke ten months ago and I have been recovering since then. I fell down and hit my head in the bathroom while shooting in Mahabaleshwar. I have not been able to work due to my illness. The doctors say that I will be alright soon.”
She won the National Film award for the Best Supporting Actress for the film. The actor was not doing well at that time and had turned up in a wheelchair to accept the award.
She was last seen in Netflix’s Ghost Stories, directed by Zoya Akhtar.