Bol­ly­wood’s ‘favourite mother’ dies

New Straits Times - - World -

NEW DELHI: Bol­ly­wood ac­tress Reema Lagoo, the ever-smil­ing screen mother to some of In­dia’s top ac­tors, died yes­ter­day. She was 59.

Con­do­lences and tributes to the ac­tress poured forth on Twit­ter, in­clud­ing from Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi.

“Reema Lagoo was a ver­sa­tile

ac­tor who left a big im­pact in the film & TV world. Her demise is sad­den­ing,” Modi tweeted.

Vet­eran ac­tor Rishi Kapoor tweeted: “Good friend. Heart­felt con­do­lences.”

Lagoo died of car­diac ar­rest in a Mum­bai hospi­tal.

Her big break came in 1988 when she played the mother of the lead­ing ac­tress in the ro­man­tic hit

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Lagoo be­gan to play mothers in Bol­ly­wood at a time when the stereo­type of In­dian mothers was that of the eter­nally tragic fig­ure who suf­fered for her chil­dren.

Lagoo brought a lighter touch. She played the mother who was also her chil­dren’s friend.

She played mother to al­most ev­ery ma­jor star and acted in some of Bol­ly­wood’s big­gest block­busters.

Su­per­stars Sal­man Khan and Shahrukh Khan had both played her screen sons.

She starred in dozens of hit Bol­ly­wood films, like

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