Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi, Director of ‘Rudaali’, Dies

Mumbai, Sep 23 : Filmmaker and screenwriter Kalpana Lajmi, known for women oriented films like “Rudaali”, “Darmiyaan” and “Daman”, died here on Sunday following a multiple organ failure, said her spokesperson. She was 64.

 Lajmi was diagnosed with kidney cancer last year and  had been undergoing dialysis.

She had said in an interview last year: “My kidneys have failed, but I haven’t.”

“Extremely sorry to inform you that Kalpana Lajmi passed away this morning at 4.30 a.m.,” the filmmaker’s spokesperson Parul Chawla told.

Lajmi breathed her last at a hospital here, where she was admitted in the intensive care unit since Tuesday due to kidney-related issues, the spokesperson added.

The cremation will take place at 12.30 p.m. at the Oshiwara crematorium.

She debuted as a feature film director with “Ek Pal”. Her last directorial was “Chingaari”, based on the novel “The Prostitute and the Postman” by the late Bhupen Hazarika, her long-time companion.

Her memoir “Bhupen Hazarika: As I Knew Him” was launched earlier this month.

The filmmaker is survived by her brother and mother, painter Lalita Lajmi.


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