For a whole generation of Indian audiences, Surekha Sikri’s name is synonymous with the iconic TV show Balika Vadhu and more recently, Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer Baddai Ho. Needless to say he is a stalwart in acting, worked with many famous directors during the 1970s and 1980s and won many awards. But do you know that he is related to veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah.
Naseer married twice, before marrying Ratna Pathak Shah, Naseer was briefly married to a woman named Manara Sikri (also known as Parveen Murad). According to various reports, Naseer married Manara, who was reportedly 14 years his senior. Despite the parents’ opposition, he married and had a daughter, Hiba Shah. Manara is Surekha’s half-sister. Naseer and Manara were married for a short time as they soon filed for divorce. She is the niece of Hiba Shah Surekha. According to a report by Telechakkar, Heeba briefly played Dadisa in Balika Vadhu.
Surekha has a son named Rahul Sikri, who was reportedly from his first marriage. She married professional Hemant Reggae to advertise until her death in 2009. Talking about his family in an interview to Filmfare in 2020, Sukker had said: “My son Rahul is unmarried or I would have been a great mother-in-law. However, my nieces, Hiba and Bushra are like my daughters.” My elder sister, Parveen Murad was extremely talented. She was an ophthalmologist. He studied law. She could build, paint and sculpt the statue. My younger sister Phoolmani lives in my building. Is interesting.
Speaking about her late husband, she had said freshly: I loved my husband very much. I miss her. He was in advertising production. We had a good marriage. He was a gentle and affectionate gentleman. Rahul is my son from first marriage. she’s an artist. Her first marriage reportedly ended in divorce.
Surekha, a veteran who has acted in many famous films and TV shows, the most famous of which is Govind Nihalani’s Tamas, made national headlines as Kathani and Karni’s queen Kalyani Devi in Balika Vadhu. She was part of the show from its inception in 2008 until the end of 2016. His character’s own progress from a negative role to an image of a gentle mother in the serial over the course of an eight-year journey was highly appreciated.
In 2018’s Baddai Ho, Surekha had a supporting role, the central character – mother-in-law of Neena Gupta. The film centered around sex between a middle-aged couple and late conception. The otherwise pungent tongue-in-law mother-in-law supported her daughter-in-law and son wholeheartedly and was greeted with applause.
Surekha was again seen in Zoya Akhtar’s Ghost Stories in a track by Janhvi Kapoor.
An older generation will remember him for his role of Rajo in the partition drama, Tamas. As a middle-aged Muslim woman, Surekha also rode in a supporting role, sheltering an elderly Sikh couple in riot-affected undivided Punjab. It won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress. She won the award twice – for Mammo (1995) and later for Badai Ho (2018).