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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 Balika Vadhu . 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! Jitna 'anonymous' rahein utni achhi baat hai . I don't need to tell people about me."

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 1989.

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 them."
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 Banegi Apni Baat , 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."

But 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 stretch."

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 explains.

Sikri has become the dadi everyone loves to hate as Kalyani in Balika Vadhu . 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 issues."

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From : The Times Of India

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Edited by Shubh_Aastha - 12 November 2008 at 10:14pm

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