A Mother and Her Many Roles


Daughter of Pune-based entertainment actor Mandakini Bhadbhade, Reema Lagoo was innate Nayan Bhadbhade.

Veteran actor Reema Lagoo, one of Indian cinema’s many renouned ancillary actors, upheld divided after pang a cardiac detain on Thursday. She was 59 and is survived by daughter Mrunmayee, a entertainment actor and film professional.

A versatile actor, Lagoo’s many poignant grant was violation a Bollywood classify of a sacrificing mother. Through a new ’90s, she played an bargain mom to Bollywood A-listers, including Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt, Kajol and Juhi Chawla.

Daughter of Pune-based entertainment actor Mandakini Bhadbhade, Lagoo was innate Nayan Bhadbhade. She adopted a shade name, Reema Lagoo, after her matrimony to actor Vivek Lagoo. A child artiste, Lagoo finished her film entrance in a Jabbar Patel-directed Marathi film Sinhasan (1979), that featured stalwarts such as Sriram Lagoo and Nana Patekar. Even yet she featured in critically-acclaimed cinema such as Govind Nihalani’s Akrosh (1980) as a lavani dancer, her initial tasty purpose in Hindi cinema was in Shyam Benegal-directed Kalyug (1981) as a cooperative wife.

Reema Lagoo with actors Beena Banerjee (right) and Anjana Mumtaz

She was beheld as Juhi Chawla’s mom in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and shot to celebrity as a mom of Prem (Salman Khan) in Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), where she played a crony and confidante to a immature lovers — Prem and Suman (Bhagyashree). She continued personification a complicated mom in films such as Saajan (1991), Hum Aapke Hain Koun…! (1994), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999) and Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) among others. Just when it seemed like she was being tangible usually by certain kinds of roles, she tender critics with Vaastav (1999), where she played a mom who kills her mafiosi son. To win accolades for this purpose was a tough act, generally when comparisons with Nargis Dutt in Mother India (1957) were inevitable. Yet, Lagoo managed to make a impression of Shanta her own. In one of her final iconic “mother” outings in a Marathi satire, Jaundya Na Balasaheb (2016), Lagoo played an indulgent mom to an individualist Girish Kulkarni in a country setting, that brought out her understated grit.

Reema Lagoo with Nana Patekar

Though famous for personification on-screen mother, Lagoo — an actor with an extraordinary operation — showed her comic timing in long-running radio shows such as Shriman Shrimati and Tu Tu Main Main. Sachin Pilgaonkar, a executive of Tu Tu Main Main, and Lagoo’s childhood friend, says, “Everyone remembers her as a goody-goody Hindi film mother, though before that, she had finished many years of glorious work in theatre. When she began to be labelled as this Hindi film mother, she motionless to do something unequivocally opposite – comedy.” Lagoo would lapse to Marathi entertainment and films whenever she could. Her final play was a blurb venture, Ke Dil Abhi Bhara Nahin, a jaunty comedy, that showed her flexibility as an actor. Lagoo pushed her bounds again with her latest radio uncover Naamkarann in that she played a meant and manipulative Dayavanti Mehta.

Even as there is escape appreciation over how Lagoo redefined a Bollywood mother, it is mocking that in a past few years her roles had shrunk and, even, reduced to being caricatures; like a fractious aunty with a feign Punjabi accent in we Love New Year (2015).

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