It was my good luck that I had an opportunity to work with a veteran actress like Surekha Sikri ji. There was a really essential scene within the final leg of the movie (Badhaai Ho0 wherein ‘Dadi’ (performed by Sikri) defends her daughter-in-law, performed by Neena Gupta.
I used to be very sorted in my thoughts from the start that whoever would play Dadi, has to get that scene proper. So, I had a phrase with Surekha ji and instructed her concerning the studying of that scene. We went by the studying twice however she stated she would take a bit extra time as a result of she needed to ‘put together’.
Reduce to, Surekha Sikri ji involves our workplace with the ultimate studying of that scene and she or he says she is prepared. She sat throughout the desk and began studying the scene. By the point she ended, I had goosebumps and teary eyes. Everybody in my workplace had silently gathered simply to look at her learn that scene and we have been all left in tears.
That was Surekha Sikri ji for me. What was most fascinating about her was her dedication. It is just pure that when you’re engaged on one thing for years, you are inclined to go simple or really feel relaxed together with your work. All of us have that angle that ‘haan ye to roz ka kaam hai, kar lenge (that is on a regular basis fare, will handle)’. By no means have I ever seen that angle in Surekha ji.
She would come ready with traces, motion and all the pieces about every scene. I are inclined to take extra takes for a scene as I are inclined to experiment in my shot-taking as a filmmaker. I’ve by no means seen her asking me for a break or refusing to offer so many takes. She was all the time enthusiastic to do extra. After the shot, she would say, ‘dude, have you ever acquired your shot!’ and chuckle!
Surekha ji was a mixture of excellence, extremely skilled, disciplined but very easy and easy-going to be round. I cherished her and she or he, I feel, additionally appreciated working with me as a result of she instructed me as soon as, ‘kaafi time ke baad, aaj kaam karke mazaa aa raha hai (feels good to work after a very long time)’. I want I had extra alternatives to work along with her. Surekha ji, you’ll stay somebody very, very magical and we are going to miss you.
Surekha Sikri handed away on sixteenth July as a result of cardiac arrest in Mumbai.
Might her soul relaxation in peace!
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