The “Natsamrat” Of Marathi Cinema- Dr. Shreeram Lagoo

One thing that distinctly registers in one’s mind on hearing the name Dr. Shreeram Lagoo is “The Natsamrat of Marathi Cinema”. The veteran actor Dr. Shreeram Lagoo is well known not as a good film and theater actor but also holds the reputation of being an eminent ENT Surgeon Gold Medalist. Initially, he was doing his schooling from Municipality School. While in class fourth, Dr. Lagoo remembers he having failed in Marathi subject.

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Dr. Shreeram Lagoo

Although, Dr. Shreeram Balkrishna Lagoo (his full name) was born (16 November 1927) in Satara but most of the childhood memories for him revolve around the city of Pune only. His father being a Doctor by profession used to do his practice in Pune only. As a young child, Dr. Shreeram Lagoo was always interested in acting and equally fond of mimicry and imitating people around him. Almost everyone who saw him then would tell his parents that he can be a good actor.

Initially, he was doing his schooling from Municipality School. While in class fourth, Dr. Lagoo remembers he having failed in Marathi subject. The Headmaster of Municipal School called his father and said, “If you want your son to get a good education I would rather suggest to have him exit from this Municipality School and have him take admission in some other good school. However, as he has failed in the class fourth I would also advise that he sits for class fourth once again”. His father being Doctor by profession was ferociously busy in his schedule and as such was not able to take studies for his son. However, the words of the Headmaster did convince him. Finally, his father took admission for him in Bhave School, Pune.

Bhave School always had a great tradition in dramatics. Smita Patil was also one of the alumni from the same Bhave School where Dr. Shreeram Lagoo studied who went ahead to make her mark as an established actor. The kids were made to act in school plays at very young age. Dr. Shreeram Lagoo was always apprehensive to perform live on the center stage. But, once on the stage, he gathered wits and used to speak not only his lines but everyone else’s too.

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