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

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

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

Reema was admitted to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital late last night after she complained of chest pain.

Lagoo died of cardiac arrest in a Mumbai hospital.

"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 the hospital at around 1 AM".

With a heavy heart, Mohnish further said that if Sooraj Barjatya made a film, and chose to cast all of old Rajshree folks again, they know that she won't be there and that's a sad thought.

"She used to add fun to the sets as our show had many emotional scenes". She was regarded by film critics as the new-age mother of Hindi cinema. She played the mother who was also her children's friend. She was last seen in Mahesh Bhatt's television serial "Naamkaran". No one can replace her in my life. "I will miss her for sure", said the "Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain" actress.

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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. "I saw her so closely". Recognition came with her act as Salman Khan's mother in Sooraj Barjatya's 1989 release, Maine Pyar Kiya.

After the success of "Aashiqui" we went on to make films like "Naajayaz" and "Gumrah" and in both these movies she had great parts. But my most vivid memory of her is when we worked together for "Yes Boss". He had not met her in recent times as he wasn't working so much. "She was one of the most popular mothers on screen". She had no problems that we knew of. "At times, when I see today's actors who will not say "hello" to you until you say 'hello" to them...

Lagoo was recently felicitated with the V Shantaram Award of the state government for her contribution in the film industry.

Prominent actors like Rishi Kapoor, Kajol, Tanvi Azmi, Shreyas Talpade, Rakesh Bedi, Anang Desai, Raza Murad, Sulbha Arya, Ashoke Pandit, Sai Tamhankar and her "Naamkarann" co-star Sayantani Ghosh were present during the cremation.

Sonali also said that Reema was very grounded and had a pleasing personality.

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