58mins Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi passes away at 64

Acclaimed filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi has died after battling kidney cancer since past year. Lajmi was admitted to the (Kokilaben Dhirubhai) Ambani hospital, when she breathed her last at 4.30 am on Sunday. She was known for directing powerhouse films like Rudaali, Chingaari, Ek Pal and Daman.

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A number of film personalities tweeted to pay their tributes to her. Prior to that, Lajmi had been bed-ridden for six months and had been undergoing dialysis every other day, according to Scroll.in.

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Alia Bhatt's mother, actress Soni Razdan too took to Twitter and wrote, "Our dear beloved friend Kalpana Lajmi has gone to a better place". The filmmaker's bills - amounting to Rs 2.5 lakhs per month - have been paid mostly through celebrity donations. She was diagnosed with kidney cancer previous year and many pals from the industry had helped her out financially to fight the ugly C.

Niece of great filmmaker Guru Dutt, Kalpana had made her debut as an assistant director under the renowned director Shyam Benegal.

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