Film and TV actress Reema Lagoo passed away on Wednesday night after she suffered a cardiac arrest. She was 59.

Reema Lagoo's role as an adorable mother in some of Bollywood blockbusters like Maine Pyaar Kiya, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Vaastav, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun and Hum Saath Saath Hain is still loved by movie buffs.

The ever-smiling mother who stood like a rock behind her son won hearts both on and off screen. She also played mother to Shah Rukh Khan in Kal Ho Naa Ho, who was a keeper of Khan's on-screen secrets and was his pillar of strength in the movie.

Reema was last seen in Mahesh Bhatt's show Naamkarann. She is survived by daughter Mrunmayee, who is also a theatre and film actor and theatre director.


She garnered much appreciation as she played a spirited mother-in-law to Supriya Pilgaonkar in the hit comedy show Tu Tu Mai Mai and the mother of Chintu in Shrimaan Shrimati, popularly referred to as Kokiji. 


Reema played mother to some of the biggest stars in the film industry and many popular TV shows. Here’re a few of them:

Maine Pyar Kiya: Reema played Salman Khan’s traditional but understanding maa. She supported her son’s love for the girl (Bhagyashree), despite pressure from her husband to separate them.



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Hum Aapke Hain Kaun:  In this blockbuster, she played mother to Madhuri Dixit and Renuka Shahane. In the movie, Reema raises them to be homely and caring women who keep the family together in harmony. Reema's character was also adored by everyone.



Hum Saath Saath Hain: In the movie again, she played the role of Salman Khan's, Mohnish Bahl's, Saif Ali Khan's and Neelam's mother. However, she played the role of a new-age Kaikeyi who is torn between her step-son (Mohnish) and her biological child (Salman).


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Kuch Kuch Hota Hai: Here she played a doting mother to Kajol. A mother who knows her daughter's heart. While she wanted her daughter Kajol to get married to Salman Khan’s character, Reema knew in her heart that still loves Shah Rukh Khan.


Vaastav: This movie won her a fourth Filmfare Award for the best supporting actress, Lagoo played mother to a gangster (a role played by Sanjay Dutt). Broken by the life her son has chosen to lead, she makes the tragic decision to take his life.


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Kal Ho Naa Ho: Reema played the mother to Shah Rukh Khan, who is suffering from a deadly illness. Her performance was really good as she played the mom, who is watching her child die. 

Her best TV shows


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Shrimaan Shrimati: The popular Doordarshan show that was first aired in 1994 on DD Metro, featured Reema Lagoo as Kokila Kulkarni/Koki. Her role was hilarious as the witty homemaker and mother of a fat kid named Chintu. The cast also featured actors like Rakesh Bedi, Archana Puran Singh, and Jatin Kanakia.



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Tu Tu Main Main: Reema Lagoo is perhaps best remembered for the comedy show Tu Tu Main Main. She essayed the role of Devaki Verma, who was always up in arms against her daughter-in-law Radha Verma (Supriya Pilgaonkar).


Rest in peace, Reema Lagoo.