Award winning filmmaker of women-centric movies such as Rudali and Daman , Kalpana Lajmi, who had been diagnosed with a malignant tumor in the kidney was rushed to the hospital earlier today. She had been undergoing treatment for the same over the last few months but was rushed to the hospital after her health deteriorated. Upon reaching the hospital, she was immediately shifted to the ICU. The 61-year-old filmmaker had been facing severe financial issues since being diagnosed with the fatal disease. Reports indicate that her monthly bill would amount to not less than Rs 2.5 lakh. Seeing this, Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan and director Rohit Shetty have come forward to give financial help to the filmmaker. It was filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, who reportedly spoke to Aamir and Rohit after learning about Lajmi’s situation.
Speaking to a news agency, Pandit said, “I am associated with Indian Film and Television Director’s Association and we do approach actors and directors for financial help whenever needed. After I learnt about her health, I spoke to Aamir Khan and Rohit Shetty. Kiran (Kiran Rao, filmmaker and Aamir’s wife) met her and gave Rs six lakh,” Pandit told PTI. “Rohit Shetty has given Rs two lakh. Within 24 hours they helped her. It is very nice of them… If needed, we will talk to more people after a few months.” (ALSO READ: After Dangal, Aamir Khan To Take Secret Superstar To China?)
On Saturday, ie November 4, All Assam Students Union leaders too met Lajmi in Mumbai and offered her financial support. The celebrated filmmaker is undergoing treatment at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in the city. Lajmi is reportedly on dialysis which takes place four times a week as she doesn’t have two kidneys anymore—one was operated on and the second one is also affected. Apart from her films, she was known for her controversial relationship with Bhupen Hazarika. Eyebrows were further raised when Hazarika left most of his property in her name after his passing in 2011. India.com would like to wish the award winning director a speedy recovery!
—With inputs from agencies