New Delhi, Sep 23 (PTI) President Ram Nath Kovind condoled the death of critically-acclaimed writer-director Kalpana Lajmi, who passed away Sunday at the age of 64.Also Read - Assam-Mizoram Border Row: PM Narendra Modi to Meet Assam MPs over Border Dispute

The filmmaker, who was suffering from kidney ailment, breathed her last at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital early morning. Also Read - Centre Urges States to Impose Lockdown-like Restrictions in Districts Reporting Positivity Rate Above 10%

In his condolence message to her family and friends on Twitter, Kovind lauded Lajmi for her “rare sensitivity” in depicting “strong and resilient women” on screen. He also praised her for presenting picturesque Assam on the celluloid. Also Read - Assam Ends Border Dispute With Nagaland Amid Row With Mizoram, Himanta Calls It ‘Historic Move’

“Sorry to hear of the passing of Kalpana Lajmi, a film-maker of rare sensitivity. The repertoire of her work, from depicting strong and resilient women to cinematic renditions of Assamese life, was remarkable.

“Condolences to her family and well-wishers #PresidentKovind,” the post from official Twitter account of Rashtrapati Bhavan said.

Lajmi debuted as an assistant director under renowned film director Shyam Benegal, who was also her uncle. She went on to work as an assistant costume designer in Benegal’s “Bhumika: The Role” (1977), starring Smita Patil, Amol Palekar and Naseeruddin Shah, among others.

She made her directorial debut with the documentary, “D.G. Movie Pioneer” in 1978. Known for making fiery films with women at the core of her stories, her filmography boasts of movies like “Ek Pal”, “Rudaali”, “Daman”, “Darmiyaan” and “Chingaari”(2006), her last directorial.

Lajmi’s brother, Dev, said the last rites of the director will be conducted today.

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