Kavita Chaudhary, who is best known for starring in Udaan, passed away on February 15, 2024. She was 67.

Her nephew Ajay Sayal revealed that she suffered a cardiac arrest.

He said: “She died due to cardiac arrest on Thursday at 8.30 pm.

“She breathed her last at Parvati Devi Hospital in Amritsar where she was being treated.”

Kavita’s death shocked the entertainment industry and fellow actors paid tribute.

Actor Anang Desai said: “I came to know this morning that Kavita is no more. She died last night. It is very sad.

“She was our batchmate at the National School of Drama.

“We studied together at NSD for three years during our training. Kavita, I, Satish Kaushik, Anupam (Kher), Govind Namdev were together in the same batch.

“She had cancer a few years ago, we have met after that also, but she wanted to keep it private so we never spoke about it.

“She was originally from Amritsar and died there.

“I spoke to her about fifteen days ago when she was in Mumbai, she was not keeping too well. Kavita’s nephew informed me about her death this morning.”

On Instagram, her close friend Suchitra Varma wrote:

“My heart feels heavy as I share this news with you all. Last night, we lost a beacon of strength, inspiration, and grace – Kavita Chaudhary.

“For those who grew up in the 70s and 80s, she was the face of the Udaan series on DD and the iconic ‘Surf’ commercial, but to me, she was much more than that.”

Reminiscing about their friendship, she added:

“I first met Kavitaji at her humble abode in Versova for an assistant director interview.

“Little did I know that I was about to encounter the legend herself.

“As she opened her door, memories of her ‘Bhaisahab’ line from the Surf commercial echoed in my mind, and I couldn’t help but utter it aloud.

“That moment marked the beginning of a bond that transcended mere friendship. She became my mentor, my guide, my spiritual guru, and above all, she became family.

“Kavitaji wasn’t just a symbol of women empowerment; she lived and breathed it.

“Her work inspired countless women to pursue their dreams, especially in the Indian Police Services. Her legacy of empowerment will continue to resonate for generations to come.”

Kavita Chaudhary was best known for playing Kalyani Singh in the 1989 series Udaan.

The show centred on the struggle of a woman aspiring to be an IPS officer.

Udaan was based on the true story of IPS Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya, who was Kavita’s older sister.

At the time, Kavita was labelled an icon of female empowerment as there was not much representation of female IPS officers in films and TV.

Kavita Chaudhary was also known for playing Lalitaji in the popular Surf adverts in the 1980s and 1990s.

She played the intelligent housewife who always made the right choice.

Later in her career, Kavita produced the likes of Your Honour and IPS Diaries.