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Tamas to Badhaai Ho: 5 Memorable Performances By Veteran Actor Surekha Sikri

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Surekha Sikri best roles: Veteran actor Surekha Sikri passed away on Friday July 16 due to a cardiac arrest. Her agent shared a statement with the media which stated that she had been suffering from complications which arose due to a second brain stroke. He added that she was surrounded by her family and caregivers who demand privacy at this time. The three time National award winner is popularly known for her role as Kalyani Devi Singh in Balika Vadhu. She made her debut in 1978 with the political drama Kissa Kursi Ka and went on to play supporting roles in several Hindi and Malayalam movies as well as daily soaps. Today, we look back at 5 of the actor’s best performances in her lifetime.

Tamas to Badhaai Ho: 5 of Surekha Sikri best roles:

1. Badhaai Ho

Surekha Sikri played the role of Durga, a relatable mother-in-law who has frequent tussles with her daughter-in-law Priyamvada. She tries to dominate her son Jeetu and taunts his wife every now and then. Just like everyone else in the family, she is upset with Priyamvada’s ‘late pregnancy’ but supports her when her relatives ridicule her for it. Needless to say, this sweet and sour saas-bahu jodi won our heart.

2. Tamas

Based on Bhisham Sahni’s novel, Tamas got Surekha Sikri win her First National Film Award for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The film portrays the plight of the common people in the backdrop of partition. Sikri’s role as Rajo stays with us even after all these years.

3. Mammo

Sikri played the role of Fayyuzi in this Shyam Benegal film and won her second National Film Award for the performance. The movie highlights emotional aspects of day to day life. The protagonist’s legal guardian, Fayyuzi unexpectedly engages in an argument with her sister Mammo. Later, she makes various attempts to trace her back after she is forced to leave home due to political reasons. The film, however ends with the sisters’ reunion. Sikri’s character had a perfect blend of warmth and emotions.

4. Hari Bhari

Hari Bhari narrates the sorrowful stories of women in rural India regarding the ill treatment they receive when they are unable to bear a male child. It tells the stories of 5 different women and their struggles with reproductive rights. Sikri played the role of the eldest in the family around which the movie revolves. As always, she impressed the audience with her outstanding acting skills.

5. Mr and Mrs Iyer

The Balika Vadhu actor has just two scenes in the entire movie but she left us mesmerised with her performance. She played the role of Najma Ahmed Khan, the dutiful and loving wife of Iqbal, an elderly conservative Muslim. Iqbal becomes a victim to the sectarian violence and Najma perishes in the riots when she comes to his defence.