Actor Sujata Kumar, who played Sridevi’s elder sister in Sridevi-starrer English Vinglish, passed away on August 19. She was battling cancer.

Kumar had fourth stage cancer, which had metastised, as per a report. She was admitted at Mumbai’s Lilavati hospital and reportedly had multiple organ failure.

Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, Sujata’s younger sister and actor, wrote on Twitter, “Our beloved Sujata Kumar has passed away and moved on to a better place leaving us with an umimaginable void. She left us an hour ago at 11.26 pm on the 19th of august 2018..Life can never be the same again…”

Suchitra, on August 18,  had urged fans to pray for her sister. “It feels like somebody has plunged a hard cold knife into my heart and ripped the ground from under my feet as I sit outside the ICU and pray for my Suzie Puzie. My sister, my mother, my best friend, my darling Sujata Kumar as she battles for her life inside. Please join me and my family in our prayers for her,” she wrote.

Great performer

Sujata worked in a few TV shows like Hotel Kingston on Star One and Bombay Talking on Zee Café. It was 2012’s English Vinglish which brought her immense fame and recognition. She later appeared in Anil Kapoor’s 24 as Meghna Singhania. She has worked in a few other Bollywood films like Karan Johar’s Gori Tere Pyar Mein, Aanand L Rai’s Raanjhanaa and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish. Sujata has also appeared in some TV commercials as well.

Sujata was a cancer survivor. Back in 2012, she was quoted as saying that she was very happy that Gauri Shinde thought of casting her in the film English Vinglish.

Sujata delivered a speech at a TEDx Talk a couple of months ago. She spoke about how to filter emotional pollutants from one’s life. The 53-year-old actor also mentioned about growing up in a broken family. She bravely revealed how being sexually abused as a youngster traumatised her. Sujata told the audience about her marriage, eventual divorce and her long battle with cancer.

Suchitra gave details of the cremation in a Facebook post, writing that her sister’s mortal remains will be cremated at the Juhu cremation in Vile Parle on August 20, Monday.

Picture Credit: DNA

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