BOLLYWOOD LOSES ITS FAVOURITE MA

Vet­eran ac­tor Reema Lagoo is re­mem­bered for her many film roles as a mother and her warm na­ture

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Be­fore day­break yes­ter­day, many in Bollywood ex­pe­ri­enced heart­break, as news came that vet­eran ac­tor Reema Lagoo, who was a good mum on screen and a very af­fec­tion­ate per­son in life, was no more. She died of a car­diac ar­rest at 3.15 am, at the age of 59. The end came just two hours af­ter she was taken to hospi­tal for chest pain.

The in­dus­try re­acted with ex­pres­sions of grief and anec­dotes of their time with Reema, who has played on-screen mother to ac­tors such as Sal­man Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Mad­huri Dixit and Sridevi.

“Just heard the shock­ing and un­be­liev­able news about Reema Lagoo’s pass­ing... such a fine tal­ent and gone so young! Very SAD!!” tweeted Amitabh Bachchan.

Ac­tor Sachin Pil­gaonkar, who knew Reema since child­hood, said, “It’s not only a loss of the in­dus­try; she was a child­hood friend for me. There are so many mem­o­ries.”

Reema was “very warm and wel­com­ing”, said ac­tor Mohnish Behl, who had also played her son. “I’d talk to her. We’d fool around with her. We never felt un­com­fort­able with her. [She was] a very gra­cious and stun­ningly good-look­ing per­son,” he added.

Farida Jalal, an­other well­known on-screen mother, said, “She was my con­tem­po­rary and a very sweet lady. We’ve worked to­gether in so many films. She al­ways had a smile on her face.”

To Nikhil Ad­vani, who di­rected Reema in Kal Ho Na Ho, she “re­de­fined the role of the mother, mak­ing it cool, mod­ern and hip”.

My most vivid mem­o­ries are of work­ing with her in Yes Boss... and I loved her in [Ra­jshri] films. She was the ideal mum JUHI CHAWLA, AC­TOR

She re­minded me so much of my mother. It didn’t take me long to get close to her. She was one per­son who was al­ways smil­ing BHAGYASHREE, AC­TOR

I worked with her as a child in my first film. She had a goody-goody mother im­age. [But] she wanted to do com­edy SACHIN PIL­GAONKAR, AC­TOR

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