Veteran actor Surekha Sikri passed away recently due to a cardiac arrest. The actor had been unwell since 2018 when she had suffered a paralytic stroke. She was 75.

Tributes poured in soon after the news broke. Surekha Sikri was a much loved actor. She played pivotal roles in critically acclaimed films and TV shows. Her most popular show recently was “Balika Vadhu” and film was “Badhai Ho”. Even though she had worked in the entertainment industry for decades, you will be shocked to learn that Surekha ji had to audition for her role in Badhai Ho. Her co-star and well known actor Pankaj Tripathi shared this information, expressing hi shock “Her going meant a part of my life was gone. I attended the Nation School Of Drama where she was a legend by the time I came in. We spoke of her like some invisible myth. As though her greatness as an actor was part of acting mythology. When Surekhaji died I didn’t put my sorrow on social media. Aaj kal toh agar aap apne jazbaat ko social media pe nahin date toh unka koi matlab hi nahin. But I didn’t want my feelings for Surekhaji to be put on display. I don’t need that kind of legitimacy. I believe she had to audition for her last role in Badhaai Ho. To hear this was heartbreaking. Imagine a stalwart like Surekhaji having to audition like a newcomer. And yet she did it like a thorough professional. I salute her passion.”


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