Condolence messages poured in from all quarters after the demise of veteran actress Reema Lagoo and Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave. It was a sad day for India as political leaders, actors and netizens paid tribute to both of them. Reema Lagoo who is popular for playing mother’s role in several Hindi films like Maine Pyaar Kia, Vaastav and Hum Saath Saath Hain is known as one of the best on screen mothers. She also had a good comic timing and was appreciated for her role in serials like Tu Tu Main Main and Shriman Shrimati. Reema had a strong onscreen presence and had played Salman Khan’s on screen mother in various films as people used to think that she is the actor’s real mother. She passed away due to cardiac arrest at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital at the age of 59. Reema had broken the stereotype image of mothers in the 90’s. She returned home after shooting for television serial Naamkarann and complained of chest pain. The actress was rushed to the hospital, but breathed her last on Thursday morning. She is survived by daughter Mrunmayee. Reema was the finest actors of Indian cinema and belonged from a film family. Her mother Mandakini Bhadbhade was a popular actor.
Bollywood actors paid tribute to Reema Lagoo and many of them posted messages on social media.
Amitabh Bachchan tweeted “Just heard the shocking and unbelievable news about Reema Lagoo’s passing… such a fine talent and gone so young! Very SAD,”
Aamir, who worked with Lagoo in his debut film “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak”, said, “We all are still in shock because she didn’t have any illness that we knew of. My first film was with her she was a great actress and a pure heart.”
Priyanka Chopra tweeted, “RIP #ReemaLagoo such a loss to art and cinema. You are and will always be my favourite screen mom. My condolence to the family.”
Akshay Kumar posted, “Saddened to hear about the demise of #ReemaLagoo, had the opportunity to work with her. A fine actress and a person. Prayers to the family.”
Shriya Pilgaonkar tweeted, “Reema Maushi passed away early this morning. A big loss. A personal loss. Known her since I was a child. RIP SaasuMaa #ReemaLagoo miss u.”
Riteish Deshmukh said, “Shocked & saddened. Reema Lagoo ji will be missed. She will always be remembered for her iconic roles in cinema & on stage. RIP.”
Rishi Kapoor, “RIP. Worked in quite a few films. Reema Lagoo. Good friend. Heartfelt condolences.”
Anushka Sharma, “Grew up watching d warmth & love #ReemaLagoo ji brought out on screen. Saddened by her sudden demise.Heartfelt condolences to her family.”
Even Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Anil Madhav Dave passed away after a cardiac arrest on Thursday morning at the age of 60. Dave was rushed to All India Institute of Medical Science after he complained of uneasiness at his home. The Union Cabinet passed a condolence resolution and observed two minute silence in the memory of Dave. In 2009 Dave was elected to the Rajya Sabha. During that period he was appointed member Committee on water resources. He also was included in the consultative committee for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Dave becomes the second minister to have passed away in office after Gopinath Munde who died in a car accident in 2014.
“Absolutely shocked by the sudden demise of my friend & a very respected colleague, Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave ji. My condolences,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
BJP president Amit Shah tweeted, “Shocked and deeply pained by the sudden demise of our senior leader Shri Anil Madhav Dave ji. Deepest condolences to his family & friends.”
Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar posted, “Anil Madhav Dave ji was a real nature lover , had a vision of protecting environment & ensuring development.”
RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, “Saddened by the sudden demise of Sh. Anil Madhav Dave Union Minister for Environment. My deep condolences with family. RIP.”
Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman posted, “Shocked to hear Shri @anilmdave is no more. A passionate conservationist, remarkably documented the Narmada. Will miss his presence in the RS.”