Veteran actor Reema Lagoo who was probably Bollywood’s favourite on-screen mother passed away in the wee hours of Thursday May 18, 2017. She was 59 years old. Reema Lagoo died of a cardiac arrest at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital in Andheri, Mumbai. Reema Lagoo was a veteran actress who did many memorable roles and is best known for playing mother to Madhuri Dixit in Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Salman Khan in Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum Saath Saath Hain and Shah Rukh Khan in Kal Ho Naa Ho. She was a favourite both in Bollywood as well as on the small screen. Her presence in front of the camera was effortless and she always managed to own her roles.

Although only 8 years older to Salman Khan she still managed to play his mother in Maine Pyar Kiya, Pathar Ke Phool and Hum Saath Saath Hain and did it so convincingly that one could never fathom this small age gap. Her charismatic smile and her serene demanour was what audiences loved and applauded. She played a very pivotal role in Sanjay Dutt starrerVaastav where once again she played mother to him. Her gamut of film roles was diverse and all praiseworthy. She featured in many hit movies and carved a niche for herself in the glamour world of Bollywood. Irrespective of the fact that most of her scenes featured some of the biggest names in Bollywood, she always managed to give tough competitions to the heroes onscreen. Here are some lesser known facts about veteran actress Reema Lagoo who passed away today due to a cardiac arrest. Reema Lagoo passes away at 59: Celebrities and fans remember the veteran Hindi and Marathi actress

1.Real Name

Reema Lagoo’s real name was Nayan Bhadbhade. She was the daughter of Mandakini Bhadbhade who was a veteran actress in Marathi theatre. She took the name of Reema Lagoo after marrying Marathi actor Vivek Lagoo.

2.Acting in movies

Reema Lagoo gained prominence after playing mother to Juhi Chawla in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. After that there was no stopping her. She followed it up with playing mother to Salman Khan in Maine Pyar Kiya, Pathar Ke Phool and Hum Saath Saath Hain. One of her best roles was in Hum Aapke Hain Koun where she played mother to Madhuri Dixit. She played these roles when she was only a few years older to Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan.

3.TV Serials

Reema Lagoo acted in cult TV serials as well other that doing Bollywood films. Her iconic serials were Shriman Shrimati where she was paired opposite the late Jatin Kanakia and Tu Tu Main Main in which she was seen in a mother-in-law’s role opposite Supriya Pilgaonkar. She was currently seen in the serial Naamkaran on Star Plus.

4.Marathi theatre and serials

Reema Lagoo played the lead role in Marathi serial Tuza Maza Jamena. She started her acting career doing Marathi Theater. She appeared in the Marathi show Maanacha Muzra which honours Marathi personalities. It has a similar format as American radio and TV show This is your life.

Reema Lagoo will be forever missed as today we lost a very able and highly talented actress who ensured and gave new life to the onscreen persona of a Bollywood mother. She never played a wimpy character on screen. Always doting on her child yet her character maintained the integrity and judgment of a mother and she was not above rebuking her on screen son or daughter. Reema Lagoo, may you rest in peace.