Reema Lagoo died of cardiac arrest last week. This shocking and untimely demise of the actress shook the entire entertainment industry. She was a brilliant actress and worked in many movies and serials. Before her demise, she was playing a negative but a central role of Dayawanti Mehta in Mahesh Bhatt’s serial Naamkaran.
Though initially we all thought that the makers will change the track to show the main antagonist died, but Dayawanti Mehta’s character is so strong that serial can’t move ahead without her. Undoubtedly, the makers mourned her demise, but they had no option than immediately search of a talented actress who can replace Reema Lagoo in the show. They had to work overtime to find a perfect face for Dayawanti Mehta in Naamkaran.
And their search ended with Ragini Shah, who is a veteran Indian film, TV and theater actress. The well-known actress has earlier worked in many popular serials like Diya Aur Baati Hum, Saraswatichandra and Mera Sasural, to name a few.
On talking about Reema Lagoo and her entry in the show, Ragini Shah said, “Though I hadn’t worked with Reemaji, we knew each other because of our theatre background. I am a Gujarati theatre artiste and she had featured in a few Gujarati plays. I have never replaced any actress in my career so far, let alone replacing someone who is no more with us. I was finalised for the show within two hours. The task is challenging and I am overwhelmed with emotions. Playing the part, which was originally portrayed to perfection by Reema ji, feels extremely heavy. But as they say, the show must go on.”
There is no doubt that it will be really challenging for Ragini Shah to fit into Reema Ji’s shoes, but we know she will definitely win hearts. She has already started shooting for the serial and her entry in the show will be through a dance performance at Neil and Avani’s wedding.