Popular TV and film actor Reema Lagoo dies at 59

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Popular TV and film actor Reema Lagoo died of a cardiac arrest in Mumbai on Thursday morning. She was 59.

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Lagoo, who played several popular characters on both TV and in Bollywood films, died of cardiac arrest. She was taken the Kokilaben Hospital, where she passed away at 3.30 AM on Thursday morning.

According to reports, her last rites will be performed later today.

Lagoo was admitted to the hospital late last night after she complained of chest pain, the hospital’s Executive Director Ram Naraian told PTI.

“We will issue a health report later in the day, after consulting with her family,” he said.

Lagoo’s son-in-law Vinay Waikul told PTI, “She was complaining of chest pain so we took her to hospital 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 us that she is no more with us.”

Lagoo appeared in Marathi and Hindi films, besides doing a number of TV shows.

She is survived by daughter Mrunmayee, who is also a theatre and film actress and theatre director.

In Bollywood, she worked with actors such as Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar. She had played Shah Rukh’s mother in Kal Ho Na Ho. In Maine Pyar Kiya and Ham Saath Saath Hain, Hum Aapke Hain Koun (all Salman-starrer) Lagoo played Salman’s mother’s character.

She won four Filmfare awards for as supporting actor.

On TV, she appeared in some of the iconic series such as Tu Tu Main Main and Shriman Shrimati.

Lagoo is survived by her daughter Mrunmayee, who’s also an actor.

Many Bollywod actors took to Twitter to pay their condolences, but Salman and Shah Rukh have not tweeted anything on Lagoo’s demise.

Lagoo, who came to represent the antithesis of the mournful white sari-clad mother of Hindi cinema through her roles, died of a cardiac arrest in the early hours of the morning at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered Lagoo as a versatile actor who left a big impact in the film and TV world. “Her demise is saddening. My deepest condolences,” he tweeted.

Born in Mumbai, Lagoo’s acting career spanned almost four decades. She started her career with Marathi theatre.

She was just 30 when she came to the limelight as Juhi Chawla’s mother in Mansoor Khan’s hit film “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak”.

It led to her being typecast as a mother but Lagoo’s subsequent roles marked a distinct departure from the sad mother trope, represented best perhaps by Nirupa Roy that Hindi viewers were so familiar with.

The prolific actress soon became synonymous as the affectionate and genial mother, sometimes to actors who were just a few years younger than her.

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.

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) in “Shrimaan Shrimati” and Devki Verma in “Tu Tu Main Main”.

Her prominent cinema roles include “Saajan”, “Vaastav, “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, “Hum Saath-Saath Hain”, “Deewana Mastana”, “Yes Boss” and “Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon”.

She was last seen on the television show “Naamkaran”, which aired on Star Plus.

“This is truly sad news… she was warm, gracious and an exceptional actor… I had the privilege of directing her….#RIPReemaLagoo,” wrote Karan Johar, who directed Lagoo in “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”.

Mahesh Bhatt, who wrote “Naamkarann”, told PTI, “When a friend passes away one is hurled into deep silence. I cannot forget the last goodbye we said to each other where we promised to see each other on the sets of ‘Naamkarann’ soon.

“But that didn’t happen. I am still grappling with the news of her sudden death,” he added.

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