Renowned actor of Hindi and Marathi cinema, a distinguished stage artiste and a legendary socialist, Dr. Shriram Lagoo passed away at the age of 92 years on Tuesday (December 17, 2019) evening. He died of a cardiac arrest at his Pune residence, survived by his wife Deepa Lagoo, son and a daughter.
Shriram Lagoo lived a complete and fulfilling life where he started his career as a ENT surgeon, but soon found his calling in theatre and artworks and thus devoted himself to acting. He was a prominent stage personality and stood tall alongside Vijay Tendulkar, Vijay Mehta and Arvind Deshpande during the development of theatre movement in Maharashtra, post-independence.
Having studied medicine from B J Medical College, Pune and practicing surgery in Kenya, Lagoo returned to India and did notable roles in Marathi plays like ‘Natsamrat’, ‘Himalayachi Saoli’ and Hindi movies like ‘Pinjra’, ‘Ek Din Achanak’, ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikandar’ and ‘Laawaris’. He also played Gopal Krishna Gokhale in Richard Attenborough’s ‘Gandhi’ alongside Ben Kingsley. By giving up medicine and restarting his career as an actor at the age of 42, Dr. Lagoo broke stereotypes and showed how passion knows no age and can be pursued when the calling comes from within.
As the news of his demise spread, condolences poured in from theatre, cinema and politics.
Dr. Shreeram Lagoo personified versatility and brilliance. Through the years, he enthralled audiences with outstanding performances. His work will be remembered for years to come. Anguished by his demise. Condolences to his admirers. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 18, 2019
डॉ. श्रीराम लागू हे उत्तम वाचक, लेखक व विचारवंत होते. सामाजिक, राजकीय विषयांवर ते आपली मते ठामपणे मांडत राहिले. मराठी रंगभूमी समृद्ध करण्यात त्यांचे योगदान मोठे होते.
डॉ. लागू यांना महाराष्ट्राची जनता सदैव स्मरणात ठेवील.
— Office of Uddhav Thackeray (@OfficeofUT) December 17, 2019
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RIP Dr. Shriram Lagoo🙏🏼Greatest actor of Marathi theatre n films but an even greater human being 🙏🏼 He gave me my first ever break on the Silver Screen in his marathi film “Zakol”. Taught me about Social Commitment of an actor. It was sheer pleasure to watch him on stage. Will miss you always 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
R I P. One of the most natural spontaneous actors, Dr. Shreeram Lagoo sahab leaves us. Did several films way back. Unfortunately never got to work with him in the past 25/30 years. He had a retired life in Pune. Love you Dr. Sahab. pic.twitter.com/H8mESIX1kv
— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) December 17, 2019
— NFAI (@NFAIOfficial) December 17, 2019
A progressive rationalist, Dr. Lagoo was a fine example of determination and ageless fervor. HappyAging bids a warm adieu to this passionate soul who will always be remembered as a strong contender of our centenarian club.
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