Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi Passes Away
Kalpana Lajmi was the name behind acclaimed films like ‘Rudaali’, ‘Ek Pal’ and ‘Daman’
Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi has passed away peacefully. Lajmi, 64, was diagnosed with kidney cancer last year. Actor Huma Qureshi tweeted early morning that Ms Lajmi died at about 4.30 am. Lajmi was known for her women-oriented, powerhouse films like Rudaali, Chingaari, Ek Pal and Daman. She directed her last film Chingari with Mithun Chakraborty, Anuj Sawhney and Sushmita Sen in 2006.
Ms Lajmi made her debut as an assistant director of veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal over three decades ago. Since she was detected 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.
She had also authored a book on her companion of 40 years, Bhupen Hazarika. The book Bhupen Hazarika - As I Knew Him was launched in Mumbai on September 8 by Shyam Benegal. The director who was in the hospital at that time could not be present 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.