Reema Lagoo (born Nayan Bhadbhade;[2] 21 June 1958 – 18 May 2017) was an Indian theatre and screen actress known for her work in Hindi and Marathi cinema.[citation needed] She began her acting career in the Marathi theatre,[3] after which she became a household name for playing motherly roles in the 1990s and early 2000s. She was immortalized and became a household name after her roles in the 90s classic TV sitcoms Shriman Shrimati (as Kokila Kulkarni)[4] and as Devaki Verma starring opposite Supriya Pilgaonkar in Tu Tu Main Main.

Reema Lagoo
Reema Lagoo (1 May 2011).jpg
Lagoo in May 2011
Nayan Bhadbhade

(1958-06-21)21 June 1958[1]
Died18 May 2017(2017-05-18) (aged 58)
Other namesRima
Years active1964–2017 (her death)
Spouse(s)Vivek Lagoo (separated)


Lagoo with Rohini Hattangadi.

Lagoo's career as an actor began as a child, influenced by her mother, who was a Marathi stage and film actress. She appeared in five films including Masterji, directed by Durga Khote. Her senior career continued in Marathi stage after a long gap following work as a child artiste. It began with her coming to Mumbai and appearing in P. L. Deshpande's play, an adaptation of My Fair Lady.[5] However, she received wider recognition with roles in television serials, Hindi and Marathi films. She debuted in films in 1979 with the Marathi film Sinhasan.

Hindi filmsEdit

She went on to play supporting roles with some of the biggest names in the Hindi film industry, mostly as the mother of the lead characters. She first rose to prominence with the Hindi film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) where she played Juhi Chawla's mother. She was seen in a controversial role in Aruna Raje's Rihaee (1988). She then starred in the blockbuster film Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) as Salman Khan's mother and then in Saajan (1991), also a superhit success at the box office. She starred in action drama and crime thriller Gumrah (1993) as Sridevi's mother, Jai Kishen (1994) as Akshay Kumar's mother and Rangeela (1995) as Urmila Matondkar's mother. Her Gumrah (1993) was seventh-highest grosser of the year at the box office, Jai Kishen (1994) was a commercial success (declared 'semihit'). Rangeela (1995) was highest grosser of the year at the box office.

Most prominently, she has starred in some of the biggest hits in the Bollywood industry including the Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994), Yeh Dillagi (1994), Dilwale (1994), Rangeela (1995), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999) Vaastav: The Reality (1999) In this role that won her a fourth Filmfare Award for best supporting actress, Lagoo played mother to gangster Sanjay Dutt.[6] She has been credited in the media as a coming of a "new-age mother" in Hindi cinema.[7][8]

Though mostly playing a middle-aged mother in films, she has also played other roles earlier in her career. She played the role of a dancer in Aakrosh (1980) and a cold-hearted businesswoman in Yeh Dillagi (1994).

Marathi filmsEdit

Lagoo also had a notable presence in Marathi cinema. She was awarded the Maharashtra State Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 2002 film Reshamgaath.[9] Her role in Janma (2011), which she referred to as "one of the best roles in her career", received praise. Recognising her contribution to Marathi cinema, she was awarded the V Shantaram Award by the Government of Maharashtra.[10]


Lagoo also had a fairly successful career as a television actor in both Hindi and Marathi languages. She debuted on television in 1985 with the Hindi series Khandaan. Her roles in Shriman Shrimati as Kokila Kulkarni[4] and as Devaki Verma starring opposite Supriya Pilgaonkar in Tu Tu Main Main were her most successful shows, with the latter winning her the Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Comic Role.

Lagoo has appeared on the Marathi show Maanacha Muzra, which honours Marathi personalities.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Reema Lagoo was born on 21 June 1958 as Nayan Bhadbhade.[2] Her mother was Marathi stage actress Mandakini Bhadbhade famed for the drama Lekure udand Jaahalee.[12] Lagoo's acting abilities were noted when she was a student at the Huzurpaga HHCP High School in Pune.[13] She took to acting professionally after completing her secondary education. Starting 1979, she was employed with the e-Andhra Bank now Union Bank of India for ten years in Bombay (now Mumbai), when, alongside appearances in television and films, she participated in the inter-bank cultural events.[14]

She met Vivek Lagoo, her future colleague in the bank and stage actor, in 1976 before marrying in 1978.[15] Upon marriage, she adopted the name Reema Lagoo. Described by Vivek as "an understanding to restructure our lives", they separated later. The couple's daughter Mrunmayee is also an actress and theatre director.[16][17][18]


Lagoo had been shooting for the television series Naamkarann till 7 p.m. (IST) on 17 May 2017. After she complained of chest pain later that night, she was taken to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai at 1 a.m. (IST). She died at 3:15 a.m. (IST) from cardiac arrest.[19] At the time of death, she was described as being "perfectly fine" and having "no health issues".[20][21] Her funeral was performed by her daughter in Oshiwara crematorium, in Mumbai[20]



List of films and roles
Year Title Role Language Notes
1964 Masterji Marathi
1979 Sinhasan Marathi
1980 Aakrosh Nautaki dancer Hindi
1980 Kalyug Kiran Hindi
1983 Chatpati Hindi
1985 Nasoor Manjula Mohite Hindi
1988 Hamara Khandaan Dr. Julie Hindi
1988 Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak Kamla Singh Hindi
1988 Rihaee Hindi
1989 Maine Pyar Kiya Kaushalya Choudhary Hindi Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
1990 Police Public Hindi
1990 Aashiqui Mrs. Vikram Roy Hindi Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
1990 Pratibandh Judge Hindi
1990 Teri Talash Mein Hindi
1991 Balidaan Sharda V. Gyanoba Marathi
1991 Ramwati Hindi
1991 Henna Chandni's mother Hindi
1991 Baharon Ke Manzil Hindi
1991 Saajan Kamala Verma Hindi
1991 Pyar Bhara Dil Sudha Sunderlal Hindi
1991 Patthar Ke Phool Meera Verma Hindi
1991 First Love Letter Shyam's mother Hindi
1991 Aag Laga Do Sawan Ko Hindi
1992 Sapne Sajan Ke Hindi
1992 Prem Deewane Sumitra Singh Hindi
1992 Jiwalagaa Hindi
1992 Jeena Marna Tere Sang Hindi
1992 Shola Aur Shabnam Sharda Thapa Hindi
1992 Vansh Rukmani K. Dharmadhikari Hindi
1992 Qaid Mein Hai Bulbul Guddo Choudhry Hindi
1992 Do Hanso Ka Joda Hindi
1992 Nishchaiy Yashoda Gujral Hindi
1992 Parda Hai Parda Andrew's mother Hindi
1992 Sapne Sajan Ke Deepak's mother Hindi
1992 Prem Deewane Sumitra Singh Hindi
1992 Jiwalagaa Marathi
1992 Jeena Marna Tere Sang Hindi
1993 Shreemaan Aashique Suman Mehra Hindi
1993 Sangram Hindi
1993 Mahakaal Hindi
1993 Aaj Kie Aurat Shanta Patil Hindi
1993 Gumrah Sharda Chadha Hindi
1993 Dil Hai Betaab Raja's mother Hindi
1993 Pyaar Ka Tarana Hindi
1994 Yeh Dillagi Mrs.Shanti Saigal Hindi
1994 Dilwale Arun's mother Hindi
1994 Pathreela Raasta Hindi
1994 Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! Mrs. Siddharth Choudhury Hindi Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
1994 Vijaypath Mrs. Saxena Hindi
1994 Kanoon Hindi
1995 Jai Vikraanta Hindi
1995 Rangeela Mili's mother Hindi
1995 Taqdeerwala Suraj's mother Hindi
1996 Apne Dam Par Mrs. Saxena Hindi
1996 Vijeta Mrs. Laxmi Prasad Hindi
1996 Papa Kehte Hai Hindi
1996 Prem Granth Parvati Hindi
1996 Maahir Asha Hindi
1996 Dil Tera Diwana Kumar's wife Hindi
1997 Uff! Yeh Mohabbat Hindi
1997 Rui Ka Bojh Hindi
1997 Judwaa Prem Malhotra's mother Hindi
1997 Yes Boss Rahul Joshi's mother Hindi
1997 Betaabi Sameer's mother Hindi
1997 Deewana Mastana Bunnu's mother Hindi
1997 Suraj Gayatri Hindi
1998 Tirchhi Topiwale Sumitra Oberoi Hindi
1998 Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha Shekhar's sister-in-law Hindi
1998 Mere Do Anmol Ratan Suman Hindi
1998 Deewana Hoon Pagal Nahi Hindi
1998 Aunty No. 1 Vijayalaxmi Hindi
1998 Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Anjali's mother Hindi
1998 Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate Savitri Abhyankar Hindi
1999 Hum Saath-Saath Hain Mamta Hindi
1999 Bindhaast Aasawari Patwardhan Marathi
1999 Aarzoo Parvati Hindi
1999 Vaastav: The Reality Shanta Hindi Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
1999 Dillagi Hindi
2000 Nidaan Suhasini Nadkarni Hindi
2000 Deewane Hindi
2000 Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain Laxmi Hindi
2000 Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye Mrs. Sharma Hindi
2001 Hum Deewane Pyar Ke Mrs. Chatterjee Hindi
2001 Censor Hindi
2001 Indian Mrs. Suryapratap Singh Hindi
2001 Tera Mera Saath Rahen Janki Gupta Hindi
2002 Hathyar Shanta Hindi
2002 Reshamgaath Anna Smith Hindi Maharashtra State Film Award for Best Actress
2003 Kavtya Mahakaal Hindi
2003 Pran Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye Hindi
2003 Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon Prem Kumar's mother Hindi
2003 Chupke Se Laxmi Timghure Hindi
2003 Kal Ho Naa Ho Mrs. Mathur Hindi
2004 Hatya Mrs. R. Lal Hindi
2004 Navra Maza Navsacha Politician Marathi Special appearance
2005 Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai Mrs. Vikram Malhotra Hindi
2005 Hum Tum Aur Mom Hindi
2005 Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar Hindi
2005 Sandwich MRS. Singh, Shekhar's mother Hindi
2005 Divorce: Not Between Husband and Wife Judge Hindi
2006 Aai Shappath Devki Desai Hindi
2006 Shubh Mangal Savdhan Marathi
2007 Deha Piloo Hindi
2007 Savalee Marathi
2008 Humne Jeena Seekh Liya Hindi
2008 Superstar Kusum P. Saxena Hindi
2008 Mehbooba Queen Mother (Ma'sa) Hindi
2008 Kidnap Sonia's grandmother Hindi
2009 Me Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy Jijabai Marathi
2009 Agnidivya Marathi
2009 Aamras Indumati Marathi
2009 Gho Mala Asala Hawa Dagdubai Marathi
2010 Mittal v/s Mittal Mitali's mother Hindi
2011 Janma Vandhana Sarpotdar Hindi
2011 Mumbai Cutting Hindi
2011 Trapped in Tradition: Rivaaz Ranjeet Singh's wife Hindi
2011 Dhoosar Marathi
2012 Om Allah Hindi
2012 498A: The Wedding Gift Sudha Patel Hindi
2013 Mahabharat Gandhari Hindi Voice Role Animated Film
2013 Anumati Ambu Marathi
2014 Ungli Nikhil's mother Hindi
2015 Main Hoon Rajinikanth Herself Hindi
2015 I Love NY Tikku Verma's adopted mother Hindi Cameo appearance
2015 Katyar Kaljat Ghusali Katyar Marathi voice-over
2016 Jaundya Na Balasaheb Aaisaheb Marathi
2017 Deva Marathi
2018 Home Sweet Home Home-Minster Marathi


List of television shows and roles
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1985 Khandaan [22]
1988 Mahanagar
1993 Kirdaar
1994 Aasmaan Se Aagay
1994–1999 Shrimaan Shrimati Kokila Kulkarni [22]
1994–2000 Tu Tu Main Main Devaki Verma / Madam X Saas ki duplicate Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Comic Role [22]
1997–1999 Do Aur Do Paanch Radha [22]
1999 Waqt Ki Raftar [23]
2002–2003 Dhadkan Prajakta Marathe [24]
2006 Kadvee Khattee Meethi Yashoda Verma [22]
2009 Do Hanson Ka Joda Snehlata [22]
2012 Lakhon Mein Ek [25]
2013 Tuza Maza Jamena Reema Limaye [22]
2016–2017 Naamkarann Dayavanti Mehta [22]


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