Prime Minister Narendra Modi today condoled the death of actress Reema Lagoo. “Reema Lagoo was a versatile actor who left a big impact in the film & TV world. Her demise is saddening. My deepest condolences,” he said in his message.
Actress Reema Lagoo, best known for playing the modern-day Bollywood mother in films such as “Maine Pyar Kiya”, “Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!” and “Kal Ho Na Ho”, passed away today at a hospital in Mumbai. She was 59. Lagoo died of a cardiac arrest in the early hours of the morning at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. She was admitted to the hospital late last night after she complained of chest pain, the hospital’s Executive Director Ram Narain told PTI.
She is survived by her daughter Mrunmayee, who is also a theatre and film actress as well as theatre director. Lagoo’s son-in-law Vinay Waikul told PTI, “She was complaining of chest pain so we took her to the hospital at around 1 AM. She passed away due to a heart attack around 3.15 AM. She was perfectly fine and had no health issues… so it is really shocking for all of us that she is no more with us.”
Reema Lagoo was a versatile actor who left a big impact in the film & TV world. Her demise is saddening. My deepest condolences: PM
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) May 18, 2017
Born in Mumbai, Lagoo started her career with theatre, where she performed in several Marathi plays. She later took it as a full-time profession. At the age of 30, she worked in Mansoor Khan’s “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak”, where she portrayed Juhi Chawla’s mother Kamla Singh.
The prolific actress soon became synonymous as the affectionate and genial mother. From Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan to Govinda and Madhuri Dixit, Lagoo played mother to all the top actors and actresses of the Hindi film industry on the silver screen. One of her most successful roles was “Hum Aapke Hai Koun…!”, where she essayed the role of Anupam Kher’s wife and Madhuri Dixit’s mother.
On television, Lagoo was popular for playing spirited characters like Kokila (Koki) and Devki Verma on “Shrimaan Shrimati” and “Tu Tu Main Main”, respectively. 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”.
Her acting career spanned four decades. She was last seen on the television show “Naamkaran”, which aired on Star Plus.