Mumbai: The scene from Vaastav where Reema Lagoo aims a gun at her gangster son, played by Sanjay Dutt, and shoots him dead is one of most heart-rending and powerful sequences in Hindi cinema. Vaastav released in 1999 but till date, when fans watch the scene, it induces goose bumps and extreme emotion. Reema Lagoo's sudden and unfortunate death on Wednesday morning came as a shock to her family, fans and friends from the film industry. She was taken to Mumbai's Kokilaben Hospital early on Thursday morning after complaining of chest pain that was later diagnosed as a cardiac arrest. She died two hours later. Reema Lagoo was 59.
- Her demise has left a void which is difficult to fill, said Sanjay Dutt
- Sanjay Dutt co-starred with Reema Lagoo in Vaastav, Saajan
- Reema Lagoo died on Thursday due to cardiac arrest
Sanjay Dutt, who has worked with Lagoo in several films including Vaastav, Gumrah and Saajan, was at a loss for words. Dutt, who is only a year younger to Ms Lagoo, played her son in Vaastav and Saajan. He had a lot of respect for the late actress and got extremely emotional while remembering her today. A heartbroken Sanjay Dutt said that he "lost a mother again today."
He added, "We worked together in several movies and every time that I worked with her I learnt something new. Her demise has left a void which is difficult to fill. May God give strength to her family and close ones."
Reema Lagoo played on-screen mother not just to Sanjay Dutt but some of the biggest Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit. She won four Filmfare Awards in the Best Supporting Actress category.
Reema Lagoo's last rites were held in Mumbai on Thursday afternoon and was attended by Aamir Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Kajol and other actors who worked with her.