Veteran actor Surekha Sikri took her last breadth this morning at the age of 75 following a cardiac arrest. In a statement released by actors’ agent, Vivek Sidhwani, he shared that the Balika Vadhu star had been suffering from complications arising from a second brain stroke.
Vivek said, “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.”
TV stars who were lucky enough to have worked alongside the talented actress talk about the great loss.
Avika Gor who started her career with the star, share, “I am saddened to know about the demise of my mentor Surekha Sikri ji , one of the greatest actors and doyen of Indian cinema, a legend. She inspired generations of actors and will always be missed. RIP. Surekha ma’m was an inspiration and showed the way with grace.”
She adds, “Very lucky to have started my journey with having her around. It was a blessing and I am sure wherever she is, she is blessing me and helping me grow. I have learnt to stay grounded from her.”
Avinash Mukherjee said, “I just got the news and I am deeply saddened. She used to love me a lot and really considered me as her grandson ladesar, which I was playing in Balika Vadhu. It’s a big loss for all of us. I have personally worked with Surekha Ji for two and a half years. I may not have been in touch with her for the last couple of years but I know that she has always been very disciplined and dedicated towards her work. She is one of the greatest actresses to have lived on this planet.”
Saat Phere actress Rajshree Thakur, remembers the veteran star, “I was just thinking about her and all these thoughts are flooding in. She was a great lady and very disciplined in everything. Her discipline in work was something the whole world knows about, but she was also disciplined in her lifestyle and her eating habits. We were all kids on that set and she would take care of us and even used to guide us on what to eat.”
While Just Mohabbat actor Vatsal Sheth wrote, “I had the privilege of working with her in Just Mohabbat and I remember during the show, with which I started my career, she was such a fine and senior actor. She made me comfortable when I would do a scene with her. In fact, all of us, while we did a scene, I remember she would be the principal of the school! The way she performed a scene left us in awe of her. She was such a fine actress.”