From Janhvi Kapoor to Karisma Kapoor and former Bigg Boss winner Siddharth Shukla, celebrities have been paying tributes to three-time National Award-winning actor Surekha Sikri on her death at the age of 75.
Surekha, who made her acting debut with Kissa Kursi Ka in 1978, went on to feature in several critically acclaimed films such as Tamas, Mammo, Sardari Begum, Zubeidaa and Badhai Ho. She was last seen in Netflix’s Ghost Stories featuring Janhvi Kapoor.
Janhvi updated her Insta story to write, “Surekha Mam, a true legend. RIP.” Karisma Kapoor, who acted opposite her in Zubeida, wrote on Instagram, “It was a wonderful journey to have you play my mother in Zubeidaa. So honoured to have gotten a chance to work with such a talented actor. Rest in peace Surekha ji.”
Sharing some unseen photos of himself with the late actor, Surekha’s Badhai Ho co-star Gajraj Rao wrote, “Making a film is like travelling in a train, where the journey is a destination in itself. You meet all kinds of co-passengers here. Some open up their tiffins and hearts to you, while some guard their luggage and eye you with suspicion. Badhaai Ho will always be that special train journey which brought me to a new station in life, and I’m truly thankful that we had someone like Surekha ji as the emotional anchor of this ship. She was definitely the youngest at heart on the sets, and had no airs about her stature or endless experience as an actress. Her craft was defined by her years of homework and ‘riyaaz’ as an actress, combined with a child-like enthusiasm. As all journeys must end eventually, we bid goodbye to Surekha ji today. Thank you, Surekha ji, for all the wisdom and memories you have left us with.”
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Former Bigg Boss winner Sidharth Shukla too shared a photo of himself with the late actor as he wrote, “With my best buddy on the set…the legendary Surekha Sikri :)”
Surekha Sikri had won a National Award for her role in Badhai Ho. She also acted in many TV serials including Balika Vadhu, which made her a household name.