Veteran actress Surekha Sikri died on Friday, July 16, after suffering a heart attack. She was 75. Many celebrities including Manoj Bajpayee, Sidharth Shukla, and several others paid tribute to her. Her Badhaai Ho co-star Ayushmann Khurrana had the most heart-touching tribute to Surekha Sikri, who played her grandmother in the superhit film.
Sharing a few photos from the film on Instagram, Ayushmann wrote, "In every film, we have a family and we end up spending more time with the film family than our own families. One such beautiful family was in Badhaai Ho. Out of all my films, it was the perfect family with a perfect cast. Surekha Sikri was the head of our family, who was more progressive than the entire family tree. You know what, that was her in real life too. A complete boho. A chiller. Young at heart. I remember when she was boarding an auto-rickshaw after the screening of our film, Tahira and I gave her a lift back home and we said “ma’am you are the real star of our film” and she replied, “wish I get more work.” Tahira and I were speechless. We watched her frail demeanor walking towards her building. That’s my last memory of her. I would request you to watch her recite Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s nazm “Mujh-se pehli si Mohabbat mere Mehboob na maang.” Aapko unse aur mohabbat ho jaayegi. An impeccable performer. A consummate artiste. A legend. You’ll be missed Surekha ma’am. Thank you for the beautiful memories. #RIPSurekhaSikri (sic)."