Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi Passes Away At The Age Of 64

Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi Passes Away At The Age Of 64

Kalpana Lajmi, was suffering from kidney ailment was suffering from kidney ailment

New Delhi: Kalpana Lajmi, the filmmaker who was known for her women oriented, powerhouse films including Rudaali, Chingaari, Ek Pal and Daman passed away on Sunday, in Mumbai. Last year, the filmmaker was diagnosed with kidney cancer last year. Early morning, Actor Huma Qureshi tweeted that Ms Lajmi died at about 4.30 am.

The 64 year old Ms Lajmi, directed her last film Chingari with Mithun Chakraborty, Anuj Sawhney and Sushmita Sen in 2006.

The actors who were close to her, took to twitter to pay tribute to the award winning director and screenwriter. 

Ms Lajmi made her debut as an assistant director of veteran film maker Shyam Benegal over three decades ago. 

After the filmmaker was diagnosed with cancer, several artists in the film world including Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Soni Razdan and Neena Gupta helped her out financially.

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The 64 year old wrote a book on her companion of 40 years, Bhupen Hazarika. 'Bhupen Hazarika - As I Knew Him' was the name of the book, that launched in Mumbai on September 8 by Shyam Benegal. The director who was in hospital at time could not be at the launch of her book.

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, actors Adil Husain and Huma Qureshi, chief of Central Board of Film Certification, Prasoon Joshi were at the launch and read out passages from the critically acclaimed book on Hazarika.

Rudaali, a movie directed by Lajmi was the Indian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 66th Academy Awards. However, the film was not accepted as a nominee. This year, the film based on a short story written by Mahasweta Devi, completed 25 years.

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