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From Meera to Kalyani Devi: 8 memorable performances of Surekha Sikri etched permanently in our hearts

Raktim Das

Raktim Das
Jul 16, 2021

Iconic artist Surekha Sikri

Three-time National Award winner and an exceptional artiste, Surekha Sikri was a marvel to watch. She had the extraordinary flair of capturing the audience’s attention no matter how long or short her role was. The moment she entered the scene, we couldn’t help but gape and remark about her spot-on acting skills, and the command she automatically generated on-screen.

So, today we present to you a compilation of her unforgettable performances to honour the legacy left behind by Surekha Sikri, who passed away at 75 due to a cardiac arrest on July 16.

Kissa Kursi Ka
7.7OTTplay Rating
Meera: Shining through as always, Surekha Sikri plays a not-so-good role in this political satire as Meera, the cunning supporter of a candidate. Yet that did not deter the audience from rooting for her, as we became mesmerised even by her conniving tactics and shrewd strategies.
Balika Vadhu
3.7OTTplay Rating
Kalyani Devi: As the matriarch of Singh household and the most influential woman in the village, Surekha Sikri captivates the audience with her portrayal of Kalyani Devi, as she commands respect and authority with her unrelenting and steely attitude. However, as the show progresses, she manages to depict the positive growth of her character with utmost authenticity and honesty.
Don't Cry for Salim, the Lame
7.8OTTplay Rating
Amina: Portraying someone who is much older than her own age, Surekha Sikri nonetheless steals the show, in this movie exploring the effects of communal hatred on minor communities. She plays the role of the lead’s mother, Amina, and highlights the emotions of her character perfectly to the audience, who connect to her immediately.
8.2OTTplay Rating
Fayyuzi: Landing her the second National Award is the role of the lead’s guardian Fayyuzi in this Shyam Benegal’s Muslim trilogy, where Surekha Sikri maintained a perfect balance of heart-warming emotions and discontentment, upon meeting her long-lost sister Mammo.
Sardari Begum
7OTTplay Rating
Ittan Bai: As the landlady of the house where courtesans perform, Surekha Sikri plays the side role of Ittan Bai, and doesn’t have much screen time. Yet, she acts beautifully and creates quite an impact within the limited time, ensuring that her performance is hard to forget.
6.4OTTplay Rating
Fayyuzi: Reprising her role as Fayyuzi from Mammo, Surekha Sikri returns to the third instalment of Shyam Benegal’s Muslim Trilogy, proving to the audience even a minute of her acting is enough to leave a permanent imprint in the memory of the viewers
Banegi Apni Baat
7.4OTTplay Rating
Radha: The show revolves around a group of friends transitioning from college to their respective careers, and is considered to be one of the milestones in the history of Indian Television due to its relatable depiction of class divides, gender differences and noteworthy characters. Surekha Sikri essays the role of Radha, and strikes a genuine connection with the audience.
Badhaai Ho
8.3OTTplay Rating
Durga Devi (Dadi): As the widowed mother-in-law who is bewildered on coming to know about her daughter-in-law’s untimely pregnancy, Surekha Sikri throws us into laughing fits, with her snide comments, savage remarks and brutally honest attitude, which rightly earned her the National award for the third time.
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