Acclaimed filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi is no more

Kalpana Lajmi (file picture)

Acclaimed Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi, best known for RUDAALI,EK PAL and DAMAN passed away in Mumbai today early in the morning. Ms Lajmi was diagnosed with kidney cancer last year and was undergoing treatment at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. She was 64.

Ms Lajmi made began as an assistant to one of the pillars of parallel cinema Shyam Benegal over three decades ago. It is reported that many Bollywood celebrities like Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt etc helped her when she was admitted in the hospital.

Recently, Ms Lajmi authored book on her companion of 40 years, Bhupen Hazarika - BHUPEN HAZARIKA - AS I KNEW HIM was launched in Mumbai by Shyam Benegal. The event was attended by Mahesh Bhatt, Adil Husain, Huma Qureshi, Prasoon Joshi etc. Ms Lajmi could not attend as she was in hospital.

Ms Lajmi, 64, directed her last film Chingari with Mithun Chakraborty, Anuj Sawhney and Sushmita Sen in 2006.
Ms Lajmi’s brother Dev Lajmi told PTI that she died at 4:30 a.m. in the hospital and the last rites will conducted today.