Surekha Sikri was an Indian actress, best known to the contemporary audience as the bitter-sweet ‘Dadisa’ from the popular Indian soap opera ‘Balika Vadhu’ and the nagging mother-in-law from the movie ‘Badhaai Ho.’ She was an alumna of the most coveted acting school in India, the National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi. Needless to say, she started her career on the stage after graduation, first freelancing with theater groups in Delhi and then with the NSD Repertory Company. She stayed with the theater company for over a decade, participating in productions such as Sandhya Chaya, ‘Tughlaq, and Adhe Adhure. However, as she wanted to explore the vast world of TV and cinema, she moved to Mumbai, the city of dreams. She worked with some of the most respected directors in the Hindi cinema industry, such as Shyam Benegal, Aparna Sen, Rituparno Ghosh, Mani Kaul, and Saeed Mirza. She won two ‘National Awards’ and one Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, two of the highest Indian honors in the fields of cinema and theater, respectively.