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With the passing away of Reema Lagoo at the ripe young age of 59 years we have not only lost a great actress but also a great human being. Belonging to a film family, her mother was a popular stage and film artist, she first took steps in acting as Nayan Bhadbhade when she participated in Inter-bank Dramatics competitions as she was a staff  of a nationalized bank. Her first big break in films came up with Jabbar Patel’s Sinhasan and then Govind Nihalani’s Aakrosh and Shyam Benegal’s Kalyug. She not only looked beautiful but had a radiant smile which made Sooraj Barjatya cast her as the beautiful loving mother of Salman Khan in ‘Maine  Pyar Kiyaa’ and then onwards she became known as the mother of Salman Khan with popular Rajshri Productions like ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’, ‘Hum Saath Sath Hain’, Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon , etc . But her son was not only Salman Khan but she became famous as Rahul Roy’s mother in the musical hit ‘Aashiqui’, later Ajay Devgn’s mother in the Naajayaz, Saif’s mother in Yeh Dillagi and later on Madhuri Dixit’s mother in Dayavanti Productions and Vikas Mohan’s super duper musical hit ‘Aarzoo’ directed by Lawrence D’Souza where she was a picture of co-operation and professionalism helping the film to be complete in no time at all. But the most fame she received was as Sanjay Dutt’s mother in ‘Vaastav’ and its subsequent sequel and she was awarded for her act.  She came from theater and could do any type of role but she stuck to mother and bhabi roles with the sole exception of Esmayeel Shroff ’s Police Public where she had a different type of a role and she carried it off  with elegance. She was a fun loving woman and her only weakness was good food. She was a complete foodie and she would often visit different restaurants to try out different cuisines. She herself was a fantastic cook too. She was a stickler for discipline and could never bear the late coming on the sets by her co-actors and she would tick them off . 

Though she was busy in films she took time out to perform Marathi and Hindi plays and did a lot of work for television too and was an all round artiste. Though her marriage couldn’t last, she had a soul-mate about whom she didn’t talk much in public and was always proud of her daughter who started as an assistant but made it in Marathi fi lms as an actor and as a director. Perhaps her greatest moment as an actress was Jaywant Dalvi’s play ‘Purush ‘with the most powerful Nana Patekar but she gave him a run for his money too. Maybe she had a premonition because her last play ‘Ke Dil Abhi  Bhara Nahin ‘ with Vikram Gokhale though popular, she gave up citing health reasons. With Reema Lagoo’s passing away we have a void that can’t be filled too soon because a free spirit like Reema comes once in a while. Bye Reema! We remember you as the ‘mother’ with the most beautific smile! Trade Magazine



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