A PETITE body, shiny eyes and a voice that might give goose bumps made actor Surekha Sikri the favorite on-screen grandmother for a lot of millennials and Gen-Zers. Her rendition of Dadisa within the TV present Balika Vadhu (2008-2016) and later as Amma in Badhaai Ho (2018), reminded many kids of their very own matriarchs again residence.
Sikri, who had a stellar profession spanning greater than 5 many years, died of cardiac arrest on Friday. She was 75. The three-time nationwide award winner had been unwell for a few years. She suffered an aneurysm in 2018, which left her partially paralysed, and confined to mattress for nearly a 12 months. Slowly and steadily, she had began working once more.
Sikri hated being confined to mattress. “I perceive it’s essential, however I miss the motion, the noise, the bustle of a shoot. I thrive on it,” she had advised The Indian Express in an earlier interview.
An alumna of Nationwide College of Drama (NSD), Sikri was identified to convey a sure quirk, a aptitude to the characters she essayed. She had a powerful literary grounding — her mom was a instructor in Abdullah Faculty, Aligarh Muslim College — and he or she had mounted a play by George Bernard Shaw in her faculty.
Sikri had attributed her love for theatre and appearing prowess to her time spent on the NSD within the Nineteen Sixties, underneath the tutelage of Ebrahim Elkazi. She later joined the NSD repertory and was a everlasting fixture on the Delhi theatre circuit for nearly a decade.
She then moved to Mumbai within the Eighties, with the dream of writing a movie. The movie by no means materialised, however Sikri cemented herself as a reliable character actor.
Her filmography included many milestone titles, movies that formed the way in which folks take a look at unbiased Hindi cinema. Her roles in Tamas (1986), Mammo (1995) and Badhaai Ho (2018) earned her the Nationwide Award for Greatest Supporting Actress thrice. Her different notable movies included Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989), Sardari Begum (1996) and Zubeidaa (2001).
“She was one of many best actors of her era, with a singular capability to convey alive element and rework a personality in your thoughts. I particularly keep in mind seeing her in Look Again in Anger and felt that she melted in entrance of our eyes. I had by no means seen such a efficiency earlier than and went to see it many instances,” says Anuradha Kapur, former director, NSD.
Sikri turned a family identify within the 2000s, with the TV present Balika Vadhu, by which she performed Dadisa, a matriarch who dominated her household with an iron fist. “Dadisa is all me. I’m like her. The writers had written a typical evil, sarcastic mother-in-law, which was in vogue within the early 2000s. I modified it. I made her actual,” Sikri had mentioned.
“The reminiscences of her relentless dedication for her craft and child-like enthusiasm will all the time stay with me,” says actor Gajraj Rao, who performed her son in Badhaai Ho. Sikri’s final cinematic outing was within the Ghost Tales (2020) anthology, within the half directed by Zoya Akhtar.
With inputs from Dipanita Nath