Shreeram Lagoo is an Indian film and theatre actor waist belt running, in Hindi and Marathi. He was born on November 16, 1927 at Satara District, in Maharashtra. He is known for his character roles in films. He has acted in over 100 Hindi and Marathi films, over 40 Marathi, Hindi and Gujarati plays, and has directed over 20 Marathi plays. He is considered one of the greatest actors of Marathi stage during the second half of twentieth century. He has also been very vocal and active in furthering progressive and rational social causes, for example in 1999, he and social activist G P Pradhan be undertook a fast in support of anti-corruption crusader. Anna Hazare. He won the 1978 Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Hindi film Gharaonda. His autobiography is titled Lamaan (लमाण), which means ‘the carrier of goods’.
Shreeram Lagoo was born in Satara district, Maharashtra, India to Balakrishna Chintaman Lagoo and Satyabhama Lagoo, the eldest of four children. He attended Bhave High School, Fergusson College (University of Pune)&B.J. Medical College(University of Pune)Pune, India& received MBBS & hydration systems for runners; MS degrees;both being medical degrees.
Shreeram Lagoo started acting in plays while attending Medical College.Once bitten by the theatre bug, he continued his dramatic activity through the group “Progressive Dramatic Association” which he started with like-minded senior friends like Bhalba Kelkar. Meanwhile he trained as an ENT surgeon in Mumbai in the early fifties and practised in Pune for 6 years before going to Canada and England for additional training.
He practised medicine&surgery in Pune, India&Tabora, Tanzania in the sixties but his theatre activity through Progressive Dramatic Association in Pune and “Rangaayan” in Mumbai continued when he was in India. Finally, in 1969 he became a full-time actor on Marathi stage, debuting in the play “Ithe Oshalala Mrityu” written by Vasant Kanetkar.
He was the first protagonist of the famous Marathi play Natasamrat written by Kusumagraj (Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar) and is best remembered for that role.
He has a legend status in Marathi cinema
, where he has done many memorable movies which include successful movies like Sinhasan, Pinjra, Mukta And many more
His wife, Deepa Lagoo is also a noted theatre, television and film actress. He has 3 children – 2 sons and 1 daughter. Dr. Lagoo had also instituted the prestigious Tanveer Sanman, given to the most promising stalwart in theatre industry of India, in the memory of his late son Tanveer Lagoo.
Shriram is a known non-religious rationalist. Once after being conferred with an award called Punyabhushan (Pride of Pune) on behalf of the organization called Tridal, he was interviewed by Sudhir Gadgil. When asked about Jabbar Patel’s play, wherein Lagoo had to stand before Lord Vitthal, “did you stand there as a devotee or only as per the demand of the script?” Lagoo replied “I stood there as if I was standing in front of a ‘stone’ that is known as Panduranga”.
He has written an article titled “Time to Retire God” which provoked hot discussions in the print media and other public platforms in India. This article was written as an introduction to a book on Abraham Kovoor. In this article Lagoo logically came to the conclusion that the concept of God is defunct.
He is actively associated with the . He used to call god as another superstition and his lectures during the ANS programs used to go like this:
“I do not believe in God and I feel it is now time to retire God. Concept of God is a very beautiful product of poet’s imagination and was essential during the initial stages of civilization but the time has come when one should face the world with a completely rational attitude. For the past five thousand years, there has been no proof of the existence of God and faith in a phenomenon, which cannot be proved scientifically, is nothing short of superstition. Many inhuman practices, atrocities and wars have taken place in the name of ‘God’. It is not only necessary, but also our duty to abolish the concept of God to end these consequences because it is a great injustice committed against humanity.
“Only rational thinking has the capacity which places person above all living beings but when he/she believes in God he/she gives up this ability and blindly accepts what has been told. He/she submits his/her intellect to passive conditioning and then there is no difference between him/her and an animal.