Cassian Baliarsingh

Television heartthrob Sidharth Shukla’s untimely demise following heart attack in 2021 left the entire film industry and fans in shock. In a recent interview, Heeramandi star Sanjeeda Sheikh, who was a close friend of Shukla, recalled her last conversation with the Bigg Boss winner.

Speaking to Bollywood Hungama, Sanjeeda recalled, “I had this conversation with him just three months before he passed away when Covid-19 was going on. He had told me ‘Sanju main kuch karunga’. Bigg Boss gave him so much love and acceptance from the audience that he was a confident person. He sounded like a refined version of himself compared to the time we had worked together years ago. It felt so beautiful, he deserved the love and appreciation that he received at that time.”

“I worked with Sidharth for a year and when he passed away it felt like a personal loss. We were good friends and we had a good understanding. I remember I was shooting in Amritsar for my Punjabi film and I got a call from my friend, who informed me that he was no more. It took a little time for me to accept that,” she further added.

“Imagine your friend passed away and you are supposed to shoot a sequence that requires you to be funny. It’s tough, maybe you cry after packing up, but that felt terrible,” she added.

Sidharth and Sanjeeda have worked together for a year in the TV show ‘Jaane Pehchaane Se… Ye Ajnabbi’. He was also known for shows like Balika Vadhu, Dil Se Dil Tak, Broken But Beautiful and also worked in Karan Johar’s ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’.

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Sidharth was also the winner of Bigg Boss 13.

On the other hand, Sanjeeda is receiving praise from all quarters for her role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Heeramandi’.

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