Veteran actor Dr Shreeram Lagoo died at a private hospital in Pune, Maharashtra on Tuesday evening. He was 92 years old and was suffering from prolonged illness.
His mortal remains have been kept at the mortuary at Dinanath Mangeshkar Hospital.
“Dr Lagoo was brought in on a wheelchair, but had already passed away by that time,” said Dr Dhananjay Kelkar, managing director, Dinanath Mangeshkar Hospital.
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar took to Twitter to pay his tributes to the legendary actor. Javadekar wrote, 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. (sic)
Shreeram Lagoo, who has acted in over 100 Hindi and Marathi films, was an ENT surgeon. He has also worked in more than 40 Marathi, Hindi and Gujarati plays. A versatile personality and man of many talents, Lagoo also directed over 20 Marathi plays.
Lagoo was born in 1927, in the Satara district of the Bombay Presidency, now Maharashtra, and began working in theatre while in medical college. In 1969, Lagoo became a full-time theatre actor on the Marathi stage with Vasant Kanetkar’s play Ithe Oshalala Mrityu.
He then played the iconic lead role in the play Natasamrat, an act he will always be known for.
Lagoo was known for his non-religious bent of mind and quest to eradicate superstition. His famous article Time to Retire God led to many discussions and debates. He was associated with Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (ANS) and would regularly speak on how it is time to retire God’ in lectures at the ANS.
Lagoo is survived by wife and actor Deepa Lagoo and their children.
His last rites will be performed on December 19 after his son arrives from the US.