Shreeram Lagoo, the great Indian film and theater actor who inspired generations, has died at the age of 92. The news was confirmed by multiple Indian news sites on the morning of December 17, 2019.
News24 India, which was among those confirming the death, called Shreeram Lagoo, who was known for his character portrayals, the “famous actor of Hindi, Marathi theater and films.”
“We’re sorry to know about sad demise of veteran theatre and film actor Dr. Shreeram Lagoo. He taught us the so many things. His teachings will remain inspiring and guiding for so many. May his soul Rest In Peace,” Unity Groups India wrote on Twitter. The actor’s name is sometimes spelled Shriram Lagoo.
“Dr Shreeram Lagoo, the legendary actor, breathes his last. Sad day for Indian, especially Marathi, theatre fraternity,” wrote Amol Karhadkar on Twitter.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Lagoo Died of ‘Old Age’ in Pune & the Broadcasting Minister Called Him a ‘Versatile Personality’ & ‘Great Artist’
“He breathed his last in Pune. Funeral services will be held on Thursday,” reported Marashtra Times.
What was the cause of death? Although it was not officially released yet, he died of “old age,” the site reported.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javdekar wrote on social media, “My tributes to all time great artist Shreeram Lagoo. We have lost a versatile personality. A unique theatre actor dominated silver screen and created impact. He was social activists simultaneously.”
According to Times of India, Lagoo “worked in over 100 Hindi films, over 40 Marathi movies and Gujarati films and plays.”
2. Tributes Flowed in for Shreeram Lagoo
Tributes flowed into social media for the actor. “One of the finest actors of our times, the remarkable Dr Shreeram Lagoo has passed away. His performances on film and theatre were consistently top notch. RIP,” wrote one Twitter user.
“I am sorry to know about sad demise of veteran theatre and film actor Dr. Shreeram Lagoo. You taught us the so many things. His teachings will remain inspiring and guiding for so many. May his soul Rest In Peace,” wrote another.
In 2017, Lagoo was the subject of a death hoax. However, this time, sadly, he is really deceased. “RIP shreeram Lagoo ji , We have just lost a Gem of an Actor and a human. Heartfelt condolences,” wrote another fan.
In a famous role, according to Cinestaan, Lagoo was the “actor for whom the great playwright VV Shirwadkar wrote Natasamrat.”
3. Lagoo Was Born in India in 1927, Acting in Marathi, Hindi & English Films Throughout His Storied Career
According to his IMDB profile, Lagoo was born on November 16, 1927 in Satara, Bombay Presidency, British India.
“He is an actor and director, known for Gharaonda (1977), Gandhi (1982) and Swayamvar (1980),” the site reports. You can see a still from one of his movies here: Pinjara, which “tells the story of an idealistic schoolmaster (Dr. Shriram Lagu) who is seduced by a tamasha dancer (Sandhya) and who is eventually accused of his own murder.”
According to the Indian Express, Pune-based Lagoo’s acted in Marathi, Hindi and English films. He was “well-known for his portrayal of Professor Gokhale in Sir Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi (1982). In Marathi cinema, his performances were critically acclaimed in V Shantaram’s Pinjra (1972) and Patels Saamna (1974),” the site reports.
Cinestaan reports that he “made his first appearance on stage in a school play,” and once said: “My school — Bhave School — has always had a great tradition in dramatics. Several of its alumni like Smita Patil, Rohini Hattangadi and even Sonali Kulkarni have gone on to make their mark as actors.”
He added: “There I was made to act in a school play at a very young age. Despite preparations, when I was pushed on stage by the teachers, I froze. But when I gathered my wits and began speaking I knew not only my lines but everyone else’s too.”
4. Lagoo, Who Was a Doctor, Was Undergoing Treatment at a Hospital
News24 India reported that Dr. Sriram Lagoo “was undergoing treatment at Dinanath Mangeshkar Hospital.” The iconic actor died at a private hospital, according to Indian Express.
According to Indian Express, Lagoo was considered a “rationalist” who sometimes penned controversial essays that “provoked debates in the media.”
He was also a “trained doctor,” according to Cinestaan.
5. Lagoo Was Remembered as a ‘Legend in Every Sense of the Word’
Gautam Chintamani wrote on Twitter: “Saddened to learn about Dr. Shreeram Lagoo’s death. Most in my generation of non-Marathi speaking fans discovered him via Hindi films, in my case, Lawaaris, which began a life long journey of imbibing his great works.”
He concluded: “Dr. Lagoo was a legend in every sense of the word.”
He leaves behind wife Deepa Lagoo.