Kalpana Lajmi passes away aged 64; filmmaker battled year-long kidney ailment

Kalpana Lajmi with Soni Razdan

Kalpana Lajmi with Soni Razdan

"RIP sweetheart", tweeted actress Soni Razdan. According to a report in the Quint, "All the medical expenses incurred by Kalpana Lajmi have been taken care of by the Indian Films and Television Directors Association, Aamir Khan and Rohit Shetty". While Lajmi dedicated her life to Hazarika's well-being and the preservation of his work, he helped her explore her intellectual and artistic talents. I shall miss you so terribly. Will always remember her with fondness and respect for being a fearless woman and a powerhouse of a person in a male dominated industry. "May she rest in peace".

Kalpana breathed her last around 4:30 am on Sunday at Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai. She was diagnosed with kidney cancer last year.Her last directed film was Chingari, which featured Sushmita Sen and Mithun Chakraborty. She posted, "Deeply saddened.at around 4:30 am today morning #KalpanaLajmi passed away. May she rest in peace".

Her brother, Dev Lajmi confirmed the news of her death. "OM Shanti", tweeted actor Vivek Agnihotri.

Ranbir Randhir and Rajiv Kapoor at RK Studios
Ranbir Randhir and Rajiv Kapoor at RK Studios

A number of film personalities tweeted to pay their tributes to her.

Daughter of painter Lalita Lajmi and niece of filmmaker Guru Dutt, Kalpana had made her debut as an assistant director under the renowned director Shyam Benegal.

"Rudaali" (1993) featuring Dimple Kapadia in the lead was India's official entry for Best Foreign Language film at the 66th Academy Awards. Her mother had earlier revealed that Lajmi had lost one of her kidneys in surgery, and the other was infected.

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