Loving Anonymity : Surekha Sikri
The seasoned actor tells TOI why she prefers to remain anonymous and talks about her dream role.
Surekha Sikri is
quite unlike the character of the tyrannical Dadisa she portrays in the serial
. Endearing and cordial, Sikri is as
down to earth as one can imagine. Taking a short break from her back-to-back
shooting for serials courtesy the ongoing technicians' strike in Mumbai, Surekha
agrees to talk to us after a hectic shopping spree. "Oh, it wasn't exactly a
shopping spree. It was just household essentials that I had to pick up," she
says with a smile.
Suekha Sikri has
always remained an enigma for her fans. Not much is known about her personal
life. Mention this and she's quick to comment.
Achha hi hai na!
rahein utni achhi baat
. I don't need to tell people about
Sikri, who is an NSD
product, says that acting happened to her just by chance. "I once watched an NSD
play and liked it immensely. It was then that the thought of becoming an actor
crossed my mind. My sister also wanted to join NSD and got the form for herself,
but due to some problem she could not fill it and I ended up filling it. And
that's how my tryst with acting began." A romance that still continues and has
fetched Sikri two national awards, one for the teleserial Tamas and another for
her role in the film and a Sangeet Natak Academy award in
Sikri is one of those few
actors who have had the experience of acting in all three mediums -
theatre, television and movies. And working in all three mediums is child's play
for this seasoned actor. "As an actor I am comfortable in all three mediums.
They are all different from each other but I am acting in all of
But doesn't it irk her to do a
mother's role one after the other? "No, it's not irksome. The
mother's roles that I have played have all been very different from each
other. My role in
, for instance, was a very pivotal
one. She was not the usual filmi type - crying and moping. She turned out
to be today's woman."
according to her, the most difficult role of her career so far has been that of
an aged woman she played in the play Sandhya Chhaya. "It was a very challenging
role of an old woman," says Sikri. "The body language, the dialogue delivery,
movements, etc of an old woman were hard to sustain for 3-4 hours at a
And ask her what kind of
roles is she looking forward to, after having played a plethora of characters,
and she quips, "I would love to do a Hamlet. But I don't think I can do it now,"
she says with a bit of remorse. Ask her why not and she's quick to add, "It's a
young man's world now. I think I'm too old to play Hamlet now."
On a brighter note, she says she
would love to do a 'singing role'. "The opera kinds or that of the
folk theatre sort," she
Sikri has become the
everyone loves to hate as Kalyani in
. Speaking of the experience of
working with children Avika Gor and Avinash Mukherjee, she says, "It's real fun
working with both of them. They are very well prepared kids. And the best thing
about them is that they have no hang-ups, so there are no glitches and
From : The Times Of India
Edited by Shubh_Aastha - 12 November 2008 at 10:14pm