Sridevi’s co-star in ‘English Vinglish’ Sujata Kumar dies of cancer


Actor Sujata Kumar, sister of Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, passed away in Mumbai after battling fourth stage of metastatic cancer.  She played Sridevi’s elder sister in ‘English Vinglish’.

Sharing the sad news, Suchitra wrote on Twitter:

“Our beloved Sujata Kumar has passed away and moved on to a better place leaving us with an umimaginable void. She left us an hour ago at 11.26 pm on the 19th of august 2018..Life can never be the same again...”

In another tweet, Suchitra informed that Sujata will be cremated at Juhu crematorium, Vile Parle West, near Pawan Hans today, at 11am.

She was admitted to Lilavati hospital and her condition was critical.

Suchitra revealed in her Facebook post about her sister’s critical condition a day ago. She wrote, "It feels like somebody has plunged a hard cold knife into my heart and ripped the ground from under my feet as i sit outside the ICU and pray for my Suzie Puzie. My sister my mother my best friend my darling Sujata Kumar as she battles for her life inside. Please join me and my family in our prayers for her”.

The actress is a cancer survivor and it is unfortunate that the Big C revisited her. After beating the ailment, she made comeback with Gauri Shinde’s comeback film, ‘English Vinglish’ and played Sridevi’s elder sister. The actress-model categorically said in one of her interviews, six years ago, “I didn’t have any creditable role under my belt; at least not until Gauri (Shinde, director) offered me the film. My earlier projects are not worthy of mention and where I had meaty roles the film flopped miserably.

Sujata is all praise for Sridevi, she said in an interview, “Sridevi is a great human being. She is a sweetheart. I am so proud that I played her elder sister. We are not blood sisters but there was a great rapport between us. I found her very down to earth and we bonded well."

Post ‘English Vinglish’, she starred in Krishika Lulla and Aanand L Rai's ‘Raanjhanaa’,  Karan Johar's ‘Gori Tere Pyar Mein’ (2013). Sujata Kumar also starred in multiple TV projects like Hotel Kingston On Star One and Bombay Talking on Zee Café. She was also seen as Megha Singhania in Anil Kapoor's 24 on Colors. 

May her soul rest in peace!