Reema Lagoo, Bollywood's beloved screen mother, dies at age 59

Reema Lagoo, Bollywood's beloved screen mother, dies at age 59”

She also played mother to Shah Rukh Khan (Kal Ho Naa Ho), Kajol (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai), Madhuri Dixit ( Hum Aapke Hain Koun.!) and Govinda (Deewana Mastana).

Lagoo died of a cardiac arrest in the early hours of the morning at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. Reema's son-in-law, Vinay Waikul said, "We took her to the hospital when she complained". Actor Sonali Kulkarni who had worked with Reema in two Marathi films - Mukta and Ghara Baher - spoke to about her memories of the late actor. She played the role of Viraf Patel's mother. Learnt so much from her. Reema Lagoo mainly worked in the role of a mother in a supporting role in the movies.

But it was as Sanjay Dutt's mother in Vaastav - a lovable matriarch who ends up pulling the trigger on her gangster son - that Lagoo earned loudest applause.

Reema's illustrious career was marked with roles that won her many accolades and awards such as Maharashtra State Film Award for Best Actress for Reshamgaath (2002) and Indian Telly Award for Tu Tu Main Main.

Many actors and actresses from the film, television and theatre fraternity of the Marathi entertainment industry, including Sachin and Supriya Pilgaonkar, Sonali Kulkarni, Neena Kulkarni and Vijay Patkar, visited her home.

Reminiscing about the times Mohnish got an opportunity to work with Reema Lagoo, he said that he did a lot of films with her, and so they used to spend a lot of time together on the sets. "It was during the shooting of 'Aashiqui" I discovered what a great actor she was.

Reema Lagoo's loss is also palpable in Marathi cinema and theatre. She passed away of a heart attack then. We had Vada Pav tales as we both were fond of it. Vada Pav will always remind me of her. Her demise has left a void which is hard to fill. "She was like a friend, who was just a little older".

He added - "I don't know why we have to go through this all the time".

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.

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