Lovingly known as Salman’s on screen mother Ms Reema Lagoo left us on 18th May 2017 at the age of 59. Best known for her motherly portrayals in films like ‘Hum Apke Hai Kaun’ and ‘Hum Saath Saath Hai’ she had a majestic presence on the silver screen.
Reemaji was an ensemble of talent with a career spanning across theatre, television and movies. Her work comprised of different genres including comedy and drama. She received tremendous acclaim for playing the doting Madre to many a stars of Bollywood.
Born Nayan Bhadbhade in Pune on 21st June 1958, her acting career begain during her early school days when she participated in school plays. Taking que from her skills she started out as a theatre personality and began her acting stint in Marathi as well as Hindi films since 1970. Her most notable performances during her early days in Indian Cinema came in the 1980s. She played a graceful lavni dance in Govind Nihalani’s ‘Aakrosh’ and was seen in a pivotal role in Shyam Benegal’s ‘Kalyug’ opposite Kulbhushan Kharbanda. She debuted on the TV screen with the first ever Indian television soap opera ‘Khandaan’.
Further in 1988 she again vowed the audience with her polar opposite roles- in ‘Riahee’ where she played a sexually assertive woman, while in ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ she donned the character of a socially bound lady.
In the 1990s, she received much critical acclaim for her comic roles in cult comic series- ‘Shirman Shrimati’ and Sachin Pilagaokar’s ‘Tu Tu Main Main’. She even won the Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Comic Role for her performance in the latter.
The onscreen mother’s tag was bestowed upon Reemaji by one of the most successful and renowned Hindi movies ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’ in 1989 when she played Salman Khan’s mother for the first time. Later on, in 1994 she repeated her Motherly act in ‘Hum Apke Hai Kaun’, that received further acclaim. She was imbedded forever in the hearts of audiences as a prominent figure of Bollywood.
Her motherly depictions have also included some stern performances where she has, for most part of the movie, been an antagonist not letting her daughter in the movie marry her beau [‘Qaid Mein Hai Bulbul’ (1992)].
Today after her sad demise, celebs have filled the web and social media walls with notable obituaries and fond memories of Reemaji.
She has definitely left an empty space in the hearts of all cinema lovers and her peers alike.