Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi, director of acclaimed film Rudaali passed away on Sunday Morning in a private hospital in Mumbai. Lajmi who was 64-year-old was diagnosed with kidney cancer last year. Actress Huma Qureshi took to the micro-blogging site Twitter to share the news. Quereshi tweeted, “Deeply saddened… at around 4:30 am today morning #KalpanaLajmi passed away .. May she rest in peace.”
She passed away at the (Kokilaben Dhirubhai) Ambani hospital at 4.30 am. She was suffering from a chronic kidney disease and liver failure. She was on dialysis. She has been in and out of the hospital for three years. The last rites will be possibly conducted today,” her brother Dev Lajmi told PTI.
Bollywood fraternity who have been close to her also took to Twitter to pay their condolences to the award-winning director and screenwriter. Lajmi directed her last film Chingari with Mithun Chakraborty and Sushmita Sen in 2006.
She made her debut as an assistant director of veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal over three decades ago. Kalpana Lajmi was a daughter of painter Lalita Lajmi and niece of filmmaker Guru Dutt. Since the time Lajmi was diagnosed with cancer, several actors including Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Soni Razdan and Neena Gupta helped her out financially for the treatment.
Lajmi also authored a book on the companion, Bhupen Hazarika titled Bhupen Hazarika – As I Knew Him. The book was launched by Shyam Benegal on September 8 in Mumbai.
She was known for her women-oriented films such as Rudaali, Chingaari, Ek Pal and Daman.