Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi dies at 64

Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi, who was known for films like 'Rudaali', 'Chingaari', 'Ek Pal' and 'Daman', died in Mumbai on Sunday.

Lajmi had been suffering from a kidney disease for a while. She had been undergoing treatment at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital. She was famous for making women-oriented films.

A number of film personalities, including Soni Razdan, Huma Qureshi and filmmaker Dev Benegal tweeted to pay their tributes to her.

Her brother Dev Lajmi told PTI, “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.” The cremation took place at the Oshiwara crematorium in Mumbai. Lajmi is survived by her brother and mother.

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.” Her mother had earlier revealed that Lajmi had lost one of her kidneys in surgery, and the other was infected.

Kalpana began her cinematic career 25 years ago with veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal. She was the partner of the Assamese singer Bhupen Hazarika.

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