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    In a career spanning five decades, veteran Bollywood actress Surekha Sikri, carved a niche for herself and attracted an adoring army of fans for her theatre, television and Bollywood work. She was awarded the National Film Award's highest honour three times winning Best Supporting Actress in 'Tamas' (1988), 'Mammo' (1995), and 'Badhaai Ho' (2018).

    Veteran Bollywood actress Surekha Sikri’s death of a cardiac arrest on Friday has left celebrities and her millions of fans heartbroken. 

    The 76-year-old actress had been ill for a long time and had suffered two strokes in 2018 and 2020. 

    Born in India’s Uttar Pradesh state, Surekha graduated from the National School of Drama (NSD) in 1971.

    The actress, who made her debut in the 1978 political drama film 'Kissa Kursi Ka', left a lasting impression with her performance in the film ‘Badhaai Ho’. She was also fondly remembered by her fans as the 'Dadisa' (grandmother) of the TV series ‘Balika Vadhu’.

    The actress was last seen in a Netflix anthology ‘Ghost Stories’ in the episode helmed by director Zoya Akhtar.

    Describing her as an "artiste par excellence", Bollywood celebrities have taken to social media to pay their condolences to the actress’ family and share their experience of working with her on-screen.

    Actress Dia Mirza said that there was "no one like her” and Swara Bhasker in her tribute said that Sikri was a “stellar performer” and “just watching her was like witnessing a master class”.


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