As the world said goodbye to Surekha Sikri, Shashank Vyas, and Avinash Mukherjee of “Balika Vadhu” reflected warmly on their time working with the great actress, who unwittingly taught the two of them fundamental acting skills that they continue to practice to this day.
Surekha Sikri died on Friday morning at the age of 75 after suffering a heart attack in a hospital in Mumbai’s suburbs. The three-time National Award winner has delighted audiences in a variety of roles, but one of her most well-known is from the famous daily show “Balika Vadhu.” Surekha portrayed Kalyanidevi, also known as Dadisa, the matriarch of the family. The show, which was set in a tiny village in Rajasthan and aired on Colors, focused on the issue of child marriage.
Shashank Vyas & Avinash Mukherjee Words For Surekha Sikri
Actor Shashank Vyas joined “Balika Vadhu” when it took a jump, making it one of the longest-running series on television. According to the actor who played grown-up Jagdish aka Jagya, Surekha Ji was a classic and an institution of acting.
“Surekha Ji was a true institution in her own right. She was a legend, a natural performer. Surekha Ji was full of life and optimism and who lived her life on her terms. Maybe I did something excellent in my life because I was allowed to work with her. While working on the program with her for five years, I learned a lot,” he adds.
Avinash Mukherjee, who played young Jagya in the program, expressed similar sentiments, saying Surekha was an exceptional performer who he admired for her honesty and devotion to her work.
“I remember Surekha Ji for her discipline the most. I recall her never reading the script in English since the pronunciations of some terms varied. So she would arrive on the set every morning, lock her door, and write every single dialogue in Hindi. She would then read. That’s something she taught me, and it’s something I still do,” Avinash adds.
Avinash and Shashank, claim that simply seeing Surekha taught them a lot.
Surekha Ji’s death has left a void in the worlds of art and cinema that may never be replaced. As Shashank and Avinash states her art and work will continue to inspire generations of performers. Stay tuned for latest Hindi tv serial gossip only on bollywoodhush.com.