Reema Lagoo, who played mother to top Bollywood actors, dies

In numerous films and television shows she appeared in, she played the mother of the lead character. Recognition came with her act as Salman Khan's mother in Sooraj Barjatya's 1989 release, Maine Pyar Kiya.

Lagoo also appeared in films like "Saajan", "Vaastav, "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai", "Hum Saath-Saath Hain", "Deewana Mastana", "Yes Boss", and "Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon".

According to Dr JPS Sawhney, chairman of the department of cardiology at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, people in India with heart diseases or who suffered an attack were on an average 8-10 years younger than those with similar problems in the West. Ms Lagoo had been taken to the Kokilaben Hospital at night after she complained of severe chest pain. Bollywood actors such as Aamir Khan, with his wife Kirran Rao, Kajol, Mahesh Bhatt and Raza Murad arrived at the actress' residence in Andheri.

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Speaking about her contribution to Marathi theatre and cinema, Sonali said "Marathi theatre saw a different side of the actor, something more than her portrayal of on-screen mothers in Bollywood". He had seen the film industry since his childhood days as he was the son of well-known actress, Nutan. Lagoo played both actor's mother at some point during their career. 'Reema Lagoo was a versatile actor who left a big impact in the film & TV world.

Lagoo's death was sudden and unexpected. She started her career with the Marathi film Sinhasan (1979) and got her first Hindi feature film break with Aakrosh (1980) where she portrayed a lavani dancer. But my most vivid memory of her is when we worked together for "Yes Boss". Television actor Rajesh Puri said, "I have known her since 1981". Only then will I say yes. "Her demise is saddening", Modi tweeted. "She was someone who never feared appreciating other person's work", Sonali said. "She had been an elder sister who guided and supported me and yet was a total brat", reminisces Swapna.

She is survived by by daughter Mrunmayee, a theatre and film actress as well as theatre director, who performed the last rites at the Oshiwara crematorium here.

  • Rita Burton