National Award-winning actor Surekha Sikri has died in Mumbai at the age of 75.
The actor was ailing for some time and had suffered a brain stroke in 2020 and a paralytic stroke earlier in 2018.
The actors manager confirmed the news to indianexpress.com, 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.
The veteran actors career spanned theatre, films and television. She made her debut with 1978 political drama film Kissa Kursi Ka and played author-backed roles across films in various industries. She received the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress thrice, including Tamas (1988), Mammo (1995) and Badhaai Ho (2018).
The actor found a lot of popularity with her role of a stern matriarch Kalyani Devi in TV soap Balika Vadhu. She was part of the show from its inception 2008 till its end in 2016. Her act as a matriarch in 2018s Badhaai Ho was also much appreciated, for which she also received a National Award. The actor had arrived in a wheelchair to pick up her award.