Veteran Bollywood actress Reema Lagoo passed away at the age of 59 after reportedly suffering from cardiac arrest. She passed away due to a heart attack around 3.15 am. The 59-year-old actress breathed her last this morning at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai.
Sudden death of actress has brought shock not only for the Entertainment industry but for everyone. She was one of the finest actresses of our Indian cinema. Bollywood celebrities, TV personalities as well as commoners are all expressing their grief over her sudden demise.
She is most remembered for her role as mother in Rajshri Productions films like ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’, ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun…! ‘and ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’. And in these films apart from Salman Khan and Alok Nath, her co-star was Mohnish Behl. In fact in ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’, they played mother and son. Apart from these films, Mohnish Behl worked with her in various other films like ‘Henna, Kahin Pyar Na Ho Jaaye’, ‘Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar’, ‘Vaastav’ etc.
WhenIndia.com contacted Mohnish Behl to talk about the sad demise, he said, “I have done a lot of cinema with Reema ji , on account of that we have spent a lot of time on sets. What came through about her was that she was a warm and gracious human being. She was a senior actor to us, but however we never felt the divide, we always felt very warm and welcome with her. There was no kind of generation gap with her, we could fool around since she would understand where we are coming from. We were so connected with her that on set, the first question we asked was is Reema ji on set. She was like a friend, who was just a little older.”
She was a very welcoming and warm human being. In fact I have a small house in Versova where i used to stay if i had late night shifts and Reema Ji used to stay in opposite and we used to talk from the windows. She was a wonderful wonderful woman. It is a terrible loss.”
He also added what about Reema Laago inspired him. He revealed, “It was her warmth that inspired me, she was content in every way.” Like us, even Mohnish feels that she has left us too soon and so suddenly. He said, “I came to know she was working until day before yesterday. I believe she was just 59, it’s too young an age to go”.
Mohnish also regrets not being able to meet her, “I haven’t met her in a good many years, I have not been working and whatever little work I have done was not with her. I always had a thought, rather wish in mind that Sooraj (Barjatya) should make a film with the same cast & crew he has worked with earlier. If that happens now, the void, the vacuum created by Reema ji’s death will always remain,” the actor said.