Reema Lagoo, Bollywood’s favourite mom died on Thursday of a cardiac arrest. She was 59 years old.
In a career spanning almost four decades, Lagoo played mother to some of the biggest stars in the industry. Here’re a few of them:
Maine Pyar Kiya
Lagoo played Salman Khan’s traditional but understanding mom. She supported her son’s love for the girl he liked despite pressure from her husband to break them apart.
Hum Aapke Hain Koun...!
Here, she played mom to Madhuri Dixit and Renuka Shahane. She raise them to be sweet and charismatic women who keep the family together. She was also adored by everyone as the beautiful ‘mother of the bride’.
Hum Saath Saath Hain
Lagoo played mom to Mohnish Bahl, Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Neelam. She was the new-age Kalki who is torn between her step-son (Mohnish) and her biological child (Salman).
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
In Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Lagoo played a loving mother to Kajol. While she wanted her daughter to get married to Salman Khan’s character, she knew in her heart that Kajol was not happy with the choices she has made.
Jis Desh Mein Gangaa Rehta Hai
A rich family from a big city put their little son (played by Govida as a grown up) under the care of Reema Lagoo and Shivaji Satam, two sheep-herders. But when it is time for him to leave as a grown-up, it tears her heart to watch him go. Her love for him and the bond he has with his village is what brings him back.
In this role that won her a fourth Filmfare Award for best supporting actress, Lagoo played mother to gangster Sanjay Dutt. Defeated by the life her son has chosen to lead, she makes the tragic decision to take his life.
Kal Ho Naa Ho
Lagoo played the mom going through the hardest thing a mom could go through- watching her child die. As Shah Rukh Khan did his best to bring joy to the lives of others, she watched from afar, putting on a brave face every time.
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