Shreeram Lagoo passes away

The veteran actor Shreeram Lagoo passed away aged 92.

By Thulasi Ram, December 18, 2019 11:09 IST

Shreeram Lagoo, a veteran actor in Marathi and Hindi plays and movies, passed away at his home in Mumbai on Tuesday. Lagoo was 92 years old, and had been ailing for some time; a combination of age-related ailments was said to be responsible for his demise.
Lagoo had originally trained as an ENT surgeon. In 1969, at over 40 years of age, he gave up medicine to devote himself to acting. In spite of this late entry onto the stage, Lagoo had an illustrious career as a thespian. He acted in over 40 plays and movies in both Hindi and Marathi. He is perhaps best remembered for his role in VV Shirwadkar's 'Natasamraat', a play that takes over an hour to perform and which includes 20-minute monologues. In the 1970s, he also had roles in Hindi movies such as 'Muqaddar ka Sikander' and 'Hera Pheri'.
Lagoo was also very socially and politically active. He was a significant part of the Anti-Superstition movement in Maharashtra. His forthright views on religion often courted controversy and earned him as many friends as enemies in the higher echelons of politics and theatre. Along with a few other actors, he had also fasted in 2016 in solidarity with Anna Hazare. 
Lagoo's passing has created a lacuna in the world theater. Following as it does the death of other stalwarts like Girish Karnad, his demise also signals the end of an era of politically conscious and liberal Marathi theatre. 

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