Reema Lagoo: Bollywood's 'favourite mother' dies

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Bollywood actress Reema Lagoo, famous for playing the role of the 'loving mother' has died at the age of 59.




Reema Lagoo

She passed away in a Mumbai hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest on Wednesday night.

The actress was famous for playing the role of the mother of main characters in films and TV soaps. She also acted in several Marathi language plays.

She starred in dozens of hit Bollywood films like Hum Aapke Hain KounKuch Kuch Hota Hai, and Maine Pyar Kiya.

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Lagoo started her career in late 1970s, and soon became famous for playing the mother of main characters.

She was also known as the "on-screen mother" of popular actor Salman Khan, with whom she acted in several films.

She played Khan's mother in his first film 28 years ago at the age of 31.

Early messages of condolence have been tweeted by actor Rishi Kapoor, politician Vasundhara Raje and filmmaker Kunal Kohli.

Reema Lagoo was born Nayan Khadbade in 1958. She was the daughter of a well-known Marathi actress and began acting herself after finishing school in Pune. She took the name Reema Lagoo after her marriage - she and her husband later separated but Ms Lagoo retained the name.

Reema Lagoo's best-known roles were as mother to the stars - she played Salman's mother in Maine Pyar Kiya, Saajan and Hum Saath Saath Hain, Akshay's mother in Jai Kishen, Kajol's in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Shah Rukh Khan's in Kal Ho Na Ho, and Madhuri Dixit's in Hum Aapke Hain Koun. She played Sanjay Dutt's mother in Vaastav, in which her character kills her gangster son. Ms Lagoo won four Filmfare awards for Best Supporting Actress.

Reema Lagoo was also known for starring in the TV serials Tu Tu Main Main and Shriman Shrimati. Her last screen appearances were in the Marathi film Katyar Kaljat Ghusali and TV show Naamkaran.