Reema Lagoo, Bollywood’s favorite mom, died on Thursday of a cardiac arrest. She was 59 years old. In a career spanning almost four decades, Reema played mother to some of the biggest stars in the industry. Here’re a few of them:
Maine Pyar Kiya
Reema played Salman Khan’s traditional but understanding mother. She supported her son’s love for the girl he liked despite pressure from her husband to break them apart.
Hum Apke Hai Kaun
Here, Reema played mom to Madhuri Dixit and Renuka Shahane. She raises both of them to be sweet and charismatic women who know how to keep the family together. Everyone in the movie adored her as the beautiful ‘mother of the bride.’
Hum Saath Saath Hain
Reema played mom to Mohnish Bahl, Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, and Neelam. She played the role of the new-age Kaekai who is torn between her step-son (Mohnish) and her biological child (Salman).
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
In Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Reema played a loving mother to Kajol. While she wanted her daughter to get married to Aman played by Salman Khan, she knew in her heart that Kajol is not happy with the choices she has made and loved somebody else.
Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hai
A wealthy family put their little son (played by Govinda as a grown up) under the care of two sheepherders played by Reema Lagoo and Shivaji Satam. But when it is time for him to leave, the partition tears her heart as she watches him go. Her love brings him back to the village.
This role made her win her fourth Filmfare Award for the best-supporting actress. Reema played the role of mother to gangster Sanjay Dutt. Defeated by the life her son has chosen to lead, she makes the tragic decision to take his life.
Kal Ho Naa Ho
Reema played the role of a mom going through the hardest thing any mom could go through- watching her child die. As Aman, Shah Rukh Khan did his best to bring joy to the lives of others, she watched from far, putting on a brave face every time.