Surekha Sikri is no more. The talent powerhouse, who was also the title holder of 3 National Awards, passed away due to cardiac arrest, this morning. She had suffered a brain stroke, a few years back and was recuperating from a paralysis attack.
While the entire industry is mourning her death, Avika Gor, who started her career with the late actress, speaks to us about the great loss. Avika played Anandi's role in Balika vadhu, one of the longest running shows on Indian television. Also read: Surekha Sikri Passes Away: Balika Vadhu Co-star Shashank Vyas Says, 'I Have Done Something Good In Life That I Got A Chance To Work With Her'- EXCLUSIVE
We contacted Avika and the disturbed actress said, "Saddened to know about the demise of my mentor Surekha Sikri Ji- one of the greatest actors and doyen of Indian cinema, a Legend. She inspired generations of actors and will always be missed. RIP." Also read: National Award-Winning Actor Surekha Sikri Dies Of Cardiac Arrest
"What can I say about her? She showed us how our work is done, with so much grace and elan. She has been an inspiration to people like me who have aspired to be like her in every possible way. Her love and warmth is unmatched and there will never be another like her," said Avika.
Talking about how she started her career with Surekha ji, Avika added, "Very lucky to have started my journey with having her around. It was a blessing and I'm sure wherever she is, she is blessing me and helping me grow. I have learnt to stay grounded from her. On sets, she never made me feel that I was working with such an experienced person and I should behave in a certain way. She helped me grow. I learnt from her that everyday, every character needs 100% of you. I have seen her work really hard and that will always be my inspiration."
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