Death of seasoned actor Dr Shriram Lagoo

On Tuesday December 17, 2019, Dr. Shriram Lagoo, a character from the theater and the cinema, died in a private hospital in Pune. He was 92 years old and died of the ills caused by old age. The actor is survived by his wife Deepa Lagoo, who was herself a theater personality. And always remains active. The couple tragically lost their son Tanveer in 1994 when they were struck by a stone while traveling on a train between Mumbai and Pune. They created the Tanveer Samman, given to people who have proven themselves in the theater world, in memory of their son.

Born in Satara on November 16, 1927, he was the oldest of four children. He was considered a studious child and studied medicine at B.J. Medical College (University of Pune), receiving both MBBS and MS degrees. He was a qualified ENT surgeon and would later have even gone to England and Canada for further studies. He practiced medicine in Pune and later in Tanzania from 1960, but then abandoned his practice, choosing to become a full-time actor instead. He was active in the theater during his university studies and he remained the love of his long and fulfilling life.

Later, he also turned to films. His most famous film Marathi remains Pinjra de V Shantaram (1972), where he played a morally just school teacher who fell under the charm of a Tamasha dancer and lost all sense of perspective under his influence, denouncing all the qualities he once represented. His other notable Marathi films include Saamna (1974) and Sinhansan (1980). Hindu viewers know him from films such as Des Pardes, Lawaris, Muqadar Ka Sikander, Inkaar, Sajan Bin Suhagan, Kinara, Lootmaar, Sau Crore, Jyoti Bane Jwala, Neeyat, Nishana, Swayamvar, Shriman Shrimati, Sadma and many others . He won the Best Supporting Actor Award for Filmfare for his work at Gharonda in 1978.

He was a convinced atheist and expressed his anti-religious opinions, often courting controversy over them. He was actively associated with the anti-superstition movement in Maharashtra. His articles and speeches on the subject have been widely disseminated.

His most famous play remained Natsamrat written by Kusumagraj. The role belonged to him and all the other actors trying the character would have paled in comparison. He may be deceased, but his memory will forever remain etched in the hearts of his loyal fans, many of whom believe he is the greatest theater actor of all time …

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