Mumbai , Sep 23 : Celebrities have expressed their condolences following the death of Kalpana Lajmi , who was known for directing path-breaking and female-oriented movies like Rudaali, Darmiyaan, etc. Lajmi’s 1993 Dimple Kapadia-starrer “Rudaali” was even chosen as India’s official entry to the 66th Academy Awards.
She was suffering from kidney cancer for a while and breathed her last at 4:30 AM today.
Kalpana directed several women-oriented movies which were highly acclaimed like, ‘Rudaali’, ‘Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence’ and ‘Darmiyaan: In Between’.
The niece of Guru Dutt had made her directorial debut with the documentary film DG Movie Pioneer.
Stars pay tribute to director, producer and screenwriter Kalpana Lajmi
Actress Huma Qureshi said she was “deeply saddened” by the news.
Actress Raveena Tandon, who played the lead role as a battered wife in “Daman”, mourned Lajmi’s demise.
“You will be missed Kalpanaji. Was not your time to go… But may your heart now be at peace. Those days while shooting ‘Daman’ will be a treasured memory. Om Shanti.”
Actor Viveck Vaswani was shattered at the news of the death of his friend and colleague.
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta, who had worked with Lajmi as an editor when she made “Darmiyaan”, wrote: “Will always remember her with fondness and respect for being a fearless woman and a powerhouse of a person in a male dominated industry. Rest in Peace dear Kalpana.”
Actress Soni Razdan said: “Our dear beloved friend Kalpana Lajmi has gone to a better place. RIP my darling Kalpana. I shall miss you so terribly.”
Actor Manoj Bajpayee on Kalpana Lajmi
Sad a very sad news.may her soul rest in peace.#restinpeacekalpanalajmi https://t.co/eh3v6gBHvT
— manoj bajpayee (@BajpayeeManoj)
Vani Tripathi Tikoo on Kalpana Lajmi
Very sad news…A Filmmaker who stood for changing the narrative of Indian cinema #Kalpanalajmi we will miss you! #RIP
Lajmi was detected with kidney cancer, several artists in the film world including Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Soni Razdan and Neena Gupta helped her out financially.
Lajmi had authored a book on her companion of 40 years, Bhupen Hazarika. The book ‘Bhupen Hazarika – As I Knew Him’ was launched in Mumbai on September 8 by Shyam Benegal.