MUMBAI -- A string of Bollywood faces like Boman Irani, Kunal Kohli and Madhur Bhandarkar have paid tributes to veteran film, stage and television actress Reema Lagoo, who died in Mumbai early on Thursday following a cardiac arrest.
The 59-year-old artiste breathed her last at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH), in Andheri west, where she was rushed shortly after midnight.
Reema became famous for portraying the "middle-aged, modern, but understanding mother" to some of the biggest stars in the industry on both big and small screens.
Reema was noted for her roles in several blockbusters like Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Aashiqui, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Hum Saath Saath Hain, Maine Pyar Kiya, Kal Ho Na Ho, Vastaav, Saajan, Rangeela and Kya Kehna, etc.
On television, she was seen in prominent roles in Khandaan, Shrimaan Shrimati, Tu Tu, Main Main, Do Aur Do Paanch, and the latest ongoing serial Naamkaran.
Here is what the celebrities had to say:
This is truly sad news...she was warm, gracious and an exceptional actor...I had the privilege of directing her....#RIPReemaLagoo— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) May 18, 2017
T 2428 - Just heard the shocking and unbelievable news about Reema Lagoo's passing .. such a fine talent and gone so young ! Very SAD !!— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) May 18, 2017
Madhur Bhandarkar: "Sad to hear about Reema Lagoo. Remember working with her as an associate director in 'Rangeela'. A talented actress and a warm person. RIP."
RIP #ReemaLagoo such a loss to art and cinema. You are and will always be our favourite screen mom. My condolences to the family. 🙏🏼— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) May 18, 2017
Boman Irani: "Our very dear Reema Lagoo is no more. Always kind, funny and loving. Saddened. RIP"
Our very dear Reema Lagoo is no more.— Boman Irani (@bomanirani) May 18, 2017
Always kind, funny and loving.
Ashoke Pandit: "It's shocking to know about the sad demise of Reema Lagooji. Industry has lost a wonderful human being and a great actress. RIP."
So so sad to hear about Reema Lagoo ji!Such a phenomenal actor & a lovely warm person! I have always loved & admired her work. Shocked!!— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) May 18, 2017
Grew up watching d warmth & love #ReemaLagoo ji brought out on screen. Saddened by her sudden demise.Heartfelt condolences to her family...— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) May 18, 2017
Kunal Kohli: "I am shocked to hear about Reemaji. RIP Reema Lagoo. One of warmest, nicest people on and off screen. This is very shocking and sad."
Shriya Pilgaonkar: "Reema Maushi passed away early this morning. A big loss. A personal loss. Known her since I was a child . RIP...Reema Lagoo. Miss you."
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