There have been the iconic mothers of Bollywood and then there was Reema Lagoo. An actor that portrayed the new age mother of being friendly, jovial, playful yet poised with grace. As the actor passed away last night in Mumbai due to cardiac arrest, we take a look at her most iconic roles that stole our hearts over the years.
Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
Reema Lagoo became a household name with Maine Pyar Kiya. Playing mother to the then newbie Salman Khan AKA Prem, Lagoo effortlessly became the mother who stood up for the right even if it meant going against her husband. She turned the tide for Indian Cinema from being the melodramatic mother to a realistic mother with her role of Kaushalya Devi.
Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994)
She was back with Sooraj Barjatiya’s second film Hum Aapke Hain Kaun in 1994. A wedding album as many had said, Reema Lagoo played mother to Renuka Shahane and Madhuri Dixit in this all time blockbuster. She was the epitome of grace any brides mother could be in the film, winning hearts all over.
From being a graceful homemaker in her earlier films, Reema Lagoo changed her avatar for Sanjay Dutt’s award winning film Vaastav. She was the mother who relentlessly tried to get her son back on the right track and when all failed she became the mother who could kill evil too, even if it meant killing her own son in the end. The powerful role won her many accolades that year.
Shrimaan Shrimati (1994)
Reema Lagoo wasn’t hesitant to enter the television world. Back in 1994, she started with Rakesh Bedi in Shrimaan Shrimati. The sitcom became instantly popular and was based on ‘Love The Neighbour’ premise. The serial was aired on DD first and then made a comeback on SAB TV because of its popularity.
Tu Tu Main Main (1994-2000)
Far away from today’s Saas Bahu saga, Tu Tu Main Main was a comical take on the Saas Bahu relationship. Reema played the ever interfering Saas and Supriya Pilgaonkar played the role of the Bahu. The sitcom became India’s favorite as the comic timing and the relationship was shown between Reema and Supriya was as good as real.