The sudden demise of popular character artist Reema Lagoo (21 June 1958 – 18 May 21, 2017) came as a huge shock to the Indian Film fraternity. The Industry and her fans shook to the news and were inundated with grief on her demise. The 59 years aged actor died of cardiac arrest and breathed her last at 03:15AM at Ambani Hospital in Mumbai. She was a popular theatre and TV actor in Hindi and Marathi languages and made it to the silver screen in 90’s. She was well known for her onscreen mother roles and considered as the ‘new-age mother’.
As per reports, she was admitted around 01:00AM due to chest complaint and breathed her last at 03:15AM. Her birth name was Nayan Bhadbhade but after her marriage with Vivek Lagoo she took to Reema Lagoo. Reema and Vivek separated after few years of their marriage. They have a daughter Mrinmayi, who also happens to be a theatre actor in Marathi, had performed her last rites at the Oshiwara crematorium in Mumbai.
Reema had penchant towards acting right from childhood and had participated in many extracurricular activities during her school and college days. Initially, she worked in a private company post her education and used to perform at office cultural events as well. Reema’s mother Mandaikini was also into theater acting.
Reema has performed in many movies but is known more for her roles as Salman Khan’s mother especially under the banner of Rajshri Productions. Her first movie was Aamir Khan – Juhi Chawla starrer ‘Qayamat se qayamat tak but career trajectory shot up with Salman Khan starrer ‘Maine pyaar kiya.’ She was cast in most of the movies of Rajshri Productions such as ‘Hum Aapke hain kaun’, ‘Hum saath saath hain’ and ‘Main Prem ki deewani hoon’.
She was perfect as new generation mother with her suave face, benign smile and gregarious demeanor. Her repertoire includes Aashiqui, Saajan, Henna, Gumrah, Rangeela, Kuch kuch hota hai, Dilwale, Judwaa, Vaastav, Kal ho na ho and many more. She has brought smiles and won many hearts with her graceful short-little dance moves in the song ‘Maai ni maai mundere pe tere’ and almost bride like blushing and shying in the song ‘Aaj hamare ghar mein…saamne samdhan hain’ from the movie ‘Hum Aapke hain kaun.’
She was extremely talented and has carved a niche for herself as mother to almost all lead actors in Hindi movies. Her ethereal beauty and soft voice made everyone’s favorite choice as onscreen mother. It’s a big loss for film fraternity and its audiences for having lost her all of a sudden. We all will miss her motherly-beautiful face, acting, smile and voice.
-Ajay Raj Koyalkar