Veteran actor Surekha Sikri handed away on Friday, following a cardiac arrest. With a profession spanning greater than 4 a long time, she had constructed a distinct segment for herself. A member of NSD Repertory, she went on to create magic in entrance of the digicam. Be it in movies like Tamas, Zubeidaa and extra just lately Badhaai Ho, to tv exhibits like Banegi Apni Baat, Saat Phere and Just Mohabbat, Surekha Sikri’s characters stood out. One function on the small display that made her a family identify continues to be from Balika Vadhu, the place she performed the strict matriarch Kalyani Devi.
As the business and her followers bid her a final farewell, her Balika Vadhu co-star remembered their Maa sa and Dadisa, and stated that it was nothing in need of an honour to have shared the display together with her.
Avinash Mukherjee, who performed the younger Jagya, within the every day present shared that whereas he hadn’t been in contact together with her currently, she continues to be an inspiration for him. In an unique chat with indianexpress.com, the 23-year-old stated, “She is one of the greatest actors we have in the world. She was always very disciplined and dedicated towards her work. I sometimes still go back to watching old clips from Balika Vadhu just to get an understanding of the quality of acting she managed to do on camera.”
The Sasural Simar Ka 2 actor performed her grandson on the present, and they shared the identical bond off-screen. “I was her laadesar in real life,” he stated, remembering her time with the veteran actor. Avinash went on to share, how he as a nine-year-old had as soon as tried to quiz Surekha Sikri. “I was so innocent. One day on the set, out of the blue I questioned her – ‘how do you act so well?’ She gracefully replied and said ‘experience’. It’s just so sad that God is taking away our biggest heroes. After Dilip saab, now Surekha ji.”
Avinash Mukherjee went on to share an anecdote in regards to the time Surekha Sikri misplaced her husband. Her dedication in the direction of work set an instance for him. “In 2009, her husband passed away. She got the news at lunch break and left the set. The next morning, at 7 am, she was ready with her dialogues all dressed up. Everyone was shocked at seeing her at work, and she went on to perform with a line of hesitation. I think that requires a different level of dedication and passion for one’s work. I learnt that as actors, one has to keep their personal emotions aside when they come on set. That work ethic stayed with me and I keep telling the same to my co-stars too.”
Avika Gor, who performed younger Anandi on Balika Vadhu, wrote on Instagram, “I have some amazing memories with Surekha ji. Apart from being an incredible actress she was a beautiful human. It was always difficult to match her energy levels during the scenes but she made sure I was comfortable every time I was around her & that taught me to be grounded. I have always wanted to be like her.. hardworking.. grounded.. kind❤️. She has truly left us a legacy to follow. Dadisaa… I will always love you, my guardian angel. RIP💔.”
For actor Annup Sonii, working with Surekha Sikri was particular, given they each got here from the National School of Drama. While she handed lengthy earlier than he went to the faculty, Annup stated that she was fairly standard at NSD, and continues to be. “I would keep hearing about how amazing an actor she was, and it piqued my interest. I had even seen her pictures in the campus and people would always talk highly of her. After I passed out, I remember watching her in Banegi Apni Baat and even Mammo, and got to witness her prowess. And then of course, we got a chance to work together in Balika Vadhu,” he talked about.
In the present, the actor performed Surekha Sikri’s son Bhairon Singh and the actor shared that their on-screen relationship appeared very actual to viewers. “I remember, even when I would be with friends, having a drink, they would pull my leg, saying Maa sa will scold you,” the actor stated with fun.
Sonii additional shared that your entire crew had been in contact together with her and was even calling one another because the information of her demise got here in. Talking about his time spent on the set, the actor stated that aside from a very good script, having Surekha Sikri round helped your entire solid to present their greatest. “I think the quality of the show and performance of every actor was an effect of a good working environment. We had this senior actor, who never took her work casually, even on a daily show, and that kept the passion alive in others too. I remember, Surekha ji, me and Satyajeet Sharma, who was also an NSD pass-out, would spend hours talking about the institution and we would keep asking her about her time on the campus. It was such a wonderful time, and I believe it was an honour to have worked with her for six years.”
Post the leap, Shashank Vyas took cost because the grown-up Jagdish aka Jagya. Having labored greater than 5 years with Surekha Sikri, Vyas can’t thank his stars to have shared the display with the thespian. Stating that he feels she should have executed one thing good in life, he stated, “Getting a chance to work with her and learn so much in five years seems like a reward for my past good deeds. She was an institution in herself and a legendary natural actor. Surekha ji was so full of life and positivity. She lived life on her own terms and had an amazing sense of humour. We both shared a very close bond, and I will keep that close to my heart forever.”
Three-times nationwide award winner Surekha Sikri, 75, was ailing for a very long time and had suffered two mind strokes in 2020 and 2018. She was final seen in Netflix anthology Ghost Stories within the part helmed by Zoya Akhtar.