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Reema Lagoo was born as Nayan Bhadbhade in 1958. Her mother was a well-known actress on the Marathi stage. Her acting abilities were noted when she was a student at the Huzurpaga HHCP High school in Pune. Her professional acting started soon after finishing high school. Her first acting jobs were on the Marathi stage.
In late 1970s or early 1980s, she started acting in Hindi and Marathi films. She married the Marathi actor Vivek Lagoo. After marriage, she took the name Reema Lagoo. She has a daughter named Mrunmayee Lagoo who lives in Mumbai.
Lagoo has mostly acted in supporting roles. She has acted with some of the biggest names in the Hindi film industry. Starting out with television serials, she rose in prominence with the film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) where she played Juhi Chawla's mother. She then starred in the hit film Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) as Salman Khan's mother.
She has starred in some of the biggest hits in the industry including the family drama Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! (1994), Rangeela (1995), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and more recently Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003).
Mostly playing motherly roles, she has also played a dancer in Aakrosh (1980) and a cold, businesswoman in Yeh Dillagi (1994). In 1995 she starred opposite Supriya Pilgaonkar in the television serial Tu Tu Main Main.
She has also delivered a challenging role in Vaastav: The Reality (1999); portraying Don's (Sanjay Dutt) mother who kills her own son. One of her most notable performance can be seen in a little known movie Rui Ka Bojh (1997) also starring (Pankaj Kapur) and (Raghuvir Yadav).
Lagoo has appeared on the Marathi show Maanacha Muzra, which honours Marathi personalities.
She is known mostly in Bollywood for playing the mother of actor Salman Khan's characters in films like Maine Pyar Kiya, Judwaa and Patthar Ke Phool.