But when Reema Lagoo started playing mother, she brought the young matriarch in vogue. She was the cusp between modern and seemed much in touch with a liberal India slowly thawing towards globalization. It helped that she was just a decade older to stars like Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Sridevi, Juhi chawla and Maduri Dixit, whereby she could strike a playful camaraderie withe her screen children.
We remember her for being cool with the ‘choices’ of her children, supporting them and being a gentle confidante to their anguish. Reema started her career in Marathi theatre. Being the daughter of acclaimed actress Mandakni Bhadbade, it was the logical step for her. She made her mark in popular plays like Jhale Mokle Akash, To Ek Shan, Savita Damodar Paranjpe and Purush. She came for a lot of critical acclaim in the latter. It’s said her role of woman, who takes on her rapist, brought theatre audiences to a standstill.
MAIN PYAR KIYA
She Played Salman Khan’s mother who overlooked his naughtiness as she recognised his inner goodness in the Rajshri Romance.
HUM APPKE HAI KOON…!
She played the beautiful and sporting samdhan in Sooraj Barjatys’s tale of joint families and grand weddings. Her easy camaraderie with Alok Nath was one of the highlight of the film.
HUM SAATH SAATH HAI
She played a mother, who is swayed by her emotions to disown her stepson, only to realise her mistake towards the end.
She played a woman firmly believing in righteousness who doesn’y flinch from killing her own son in Mehesh Manjrekar’s dark drama.
She forayed into Marathi cinema with the film Sinhasan (1979), a critique on Maharashtrian politics directed by Jabbar Patel and written by Vijay Tendulkar. Her other critically acclaimed Marathi films include Reshamganth (2002) and Janma (2011). She came to be recognised in Hindi films primarily through her ‘mother’ roles. Her good looks and youthful exuberance got her tagged as a well-groomed mom when she appeared as Juhi Chawla’s mother Qayamat she Qayamat Tak (1988). Playing Salman khan’s mother in Maine Pyar Kiya, a year later, further sealed that image. She was the most preferred screen mother after that, cementing her place in film after film including Aashiqui (1990), Saajan (1991) all successful at the box office.
She acted in the crime thriller Gumrah (1993) as Sridevi’s mother, in Jai Kishen (1994) as Akshay Kumar’s mother and in Rangeela (1995) as Urmila Matondkar’s mother. Her most remarkable roles during the 90’s was playing Ajay Devgan’s mother in Dilwale (1994), Sanjay Dutt’s stoic mothe in Vaastav(1990), Madhuri Dixit’s mom in Hum Aapke Hai Koun….!, Kajol’s in kuch kuch hota hai (1998) and SRK’s in Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003).
She did play other characters, like in the controversial film Rihaee (1988) or that of a ruthless matriarch of a business family in Yeh dillagi (1994). She was a popular actor on television too, being part of hit series like Khandaan and the comedies Shrimaan Shrimati and Tu Tu Main Main.
She was married to Marathi actor Vivek Lagoo and the couple have a daughter Mrunmayee Lagoo. She divorced her husband a few years later. Mrunmayee is a popular actress in Marathi films and TV.Reema was admitted to Kokilaben Dhirubhi Ambani Hospital in Mumbai at 1 am on May 18, 2017 after she complained of chest pain. She died two hours later from cardiac arrest. Reema was only 59. she didn’t have any major health issues and her sudden demise was shocking indeed to family and friends. She may have gone but will forever remain in the hearts of cinegoers as the changing and beautiful face of the Indian screen mother.
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From award winning performances to working with some of the biggest stars of the country, the actress has bagged it all. Alia, who is unstoppable in her career has something new on her mind now.
Reports suggest that the actress who is in her carly 20’s is considering producing a film next. With Mahesh Bhatt as father and Pooja Bhatt as sister, the actress surely has some understanding of how the business model works.
With actress like Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma, probing to be successful producers, the mytb that actresses cannot produce films does not exit.
After battling cancer and sailing through a failed marriage, the 46 year old says the tough phase in her life has taught her a lot. “I have stopped living in the fear of what others will think of me. That is a wrong way to live. I want to live fearlessly,” she says, and adds, “And honestly, after coming out of a near death situation, when I look back, I don’t really value people’s opinion. I do respect them,but it should not encroach into my idea of living because it’s my life.”says Manisha with a glint in her eyes and a smile.
The actor, who has made a comeback in the film Dear Maya, feels nobody leads a perfect life and goes through heartbreaks and emotional breakdowns. However, she admits that she’s been through extremes. “What can I say? Maybe I am the chosen one,” she laughs. Manisha married Samrat Dahal, a Nepali businessman in 2010 and the two got separated in 2012, the same year when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Ask her if she feels a void in her life after spending years alone, battling the deadly disease, she says, “I feel I probably had a void before, and to fill that void, I kept on searching and knocking at the wrong door, so I don’t want to make that mistake again.” She says that she is now sure she doesn’t want to remarry, and that she no longer needs a man in her life to complete her. “Only if somebody can add value to my life, he is welcome.
I don’t need a person to create confusion in my life or shake my situation because after surviving cancer I’ve realized that life is precious,” she says.
Known for his rags to riches story and a controversial death at the age of 25, Tupac still holds the position as one of the greatest rappers of all time by many publications. Many celebrities including Eminem, Mike Tyson, Ed Sheeran, etc have talked about Tupac’s greatness.
When our very own Desi girl was asked a few questions about Tupac in an interview, she stated that ‘Hail Mary’ is her all-time favourite song by the artist.
The journalist then asked her if she could ask Tupac one question what would it be. To which she responded by saying that she would get down on one knee and ask him the most important question, “Will you marry me?”