Surekha Sikri is known for her character as Kalyani Devi in , aired on Star Plus, a top-rated TV show, especially among homemakers; even though she played a negative role and was one of those characters who made the life of the lead character miserable, she is loved by almost everyone who watch the show; the reason was her acting which gave a new life to the character. Art is what ran through her veins. Surekha Sikri studied in Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, and after that she graduated from National School of Drama (1968),she worked with the NSD Repertory Company for over a decade until she figured out that she needed to pursue her dream and moved to Mumbai.
She is one of those actresses who started from scratch and earned their place in the industry by nothing but hard work. There is a long list of roles she played in both movies and TV serials. She has starred in many TV shows, the most remarkable role being the character she played in Balika Vadhu, for which she received many awards, such as best actress in a negative role. On 2nd January 2014, she received the Mumbai Women of the Decade Achievers Award.
Surekha was born on 19th April 1945 in New Delhi. Surekha’s father worked in the Indian Air Force. She had been in Nainital and Almora during her childhood. After completing her acting course, Surekha shifted her base to Mumbai. In 1989, she was honored with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her service to theater art. Surekha was married to Hemant Rege, and the couple has a son, Rahul Sikri. While playing in theater, Surekha got an opportunity to appear on the silver screen in 1978. She played in the political thriller Kissa Kursi Ka and made her first impression in the cinema. Surekha grabbed the national awards thrice for her best performances. She received the award in 1988 for “
,” in 1995 for Mammo, and in 2018 for
. In 2008, she was honored with the Indian Telly Award for the Best Actress in a Negative role for her excellence in Balika Vadhu, a super hit serial. She also received the Indian Telly Award for the Best Actress in a Supporting role for Balika Vadhu in 2011. Surekha had also received a Filmfare Award.
Besides playing in Bollywood films and serials, Surekha had played in Malayalam movies too. In 1998, she played in the Malayalam movie Janmadinam in the mother role. Some of her movies are Anaadi Anant, Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro, Parinati, Nazar, Karamati Coat, Little Buddha, Naseem, Sardari Begum, Sarfarosh, Dillagi, Cotton Mary, Hari-Bhari, Hasina, Zubeidaa, Deham, Kali Salwar, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, Raghu Romeo, Raincoat, Tumsa Nahin Dekha, Jo Bole So Nihaal, Humko Deewana Kar Gaye, Dev.D, Sniff, Badhaai Ho, Sheer Qorma, and Ghost Stories. Some of her popular TV serials are Sanjha Chula, Kabhie Kabhie,
, Mano Ya Na Mano, “
,” “Samay,” “
,” Godan. Saher, Kkehna Hai Kuch Mujhko, Kesar,
Banegi Apni Baat
, Saat Phere Saloni Ka Safar, Maha Kumbh Ek Rahasaya
, Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil, Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani. Surekha had suffered from brain strokes a couple of times. On 16th July 2021, Surekha had a massive cardiac arrest and died.