National Award-winning actor Surekha Sikri passed away at the age of 75, as she suffered a cardiac arrest, informed her manager. She had been unwell for several months and had suffered a brain stroke in 2020 and a paralytic stroke earlier in 2018.
Confirming the actor’s sad demise, Sikri’s manager told Indian Express, “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. The family asks for privacy at this time. Om Sai Ram.”
Surekha Sikri made her acting debut in 1978, with the film Kissa Kursi Ka. She won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress thrice, for her roles in Tamas (1988), Mammo (1995) and Badhaai Ho (2018).
She gained prominence for her performance in the primetime soap opera Balika Vadhu.
Born in Uttar Pradesh, Sikri 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.