Born and brought up in Bombay, Sarika was selected in a Talent Contest held by Film Fare, and started her Acting career at the age of 5. Her first film was ‘Hamraaz” directed by B.R. Chopra.
She then continued to work as a child artiste in films like “Baalak” “Majli Didi” “Ashirwaad” “Jyoti” “Devi” “Jawaan mohobbat” and many others. ‘Kagaz ki Nao” was her first film as a leading lady followed by ‘Geet Gata Chal’. Besides Hindi she has
worked in Marathi, Gujrati and Bengali language films. After starring in three films by the late Sri Basu Bhattacharya, one of them the much-acclaimed “Greh Pravesh”, she also worked as an assistant director on one of his projects.
She quit Acting after shifting to Madras. While in Madras her association with films continued as sheswitched careers and worked as Sound designer and Costume designer for films. She won her 1st National award as the Best Costume Designer for ‘Hey Ram’, a period film, for which she put in extensive research work to get the authentic look of 1940s, for the various sections of people portrayed in the film, hailing from and outside of India.
After working as a technician she returned to acting once again in 2003 with Films like “Parzania” “Bhejafry” “Club 60” “Tahaan” “ Kal” Sarika won her 2nd National award in 2005 as Best Actress for her role in ‘Parzania’ where she played a crusading mother who fights for justice against all adversity.
Besides Films she has been actively involved in theatre and has worked with the Madras Players, as an actor and costume designer. She also Started a Film Society Called ‘Frames’, and later a Theatre actor’s Workshop (TWA), which promoted young actors and provided a platform for experienced Actors/Directors to interact with the youngsters
Sarika will head a five Member Indian Feature Film Jury for the Festival’s prestigious section, ‘Indian Showcase’. One of the most sought after sections of the festival, ‘Indian Showcase’ stands apart for its class and presentation of Awards.