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Noted Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi of ‘Rudaali’ fame passes away

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Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi who was known for her hard-hitting films like ‘Rudaali’, ‘Chingaari’, ‘Ek Pal’ and ‘Daman’ passed away in Mumbai on Sunday morning after a long battle with kidney cancer. She was 61.

Bollywood actor Huma Qureshi shared the news of Kalpana’s demise on Twitter. She wrote, “Deeply saddened… at around 4:30 am today morning #KalpanaLajmi passed away .. May she rest in peace.”


Soni Razdan too tweeted, “Our dear beloved friend Kalpana Lajmi has gone to a better place. RIP my darling Kalpan. I shall miss you so terribly.”


Kalpana breathed her last around 4:30 am on Sunday at Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai. Her last rites will take place at Oshiwara Crematorium at around 12.30 pm.

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. She was diagnosed with cancer last year. Since her diagnosis, several Bollywood celebs such as Salman Khan, Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Aamir Khan, and others had stepped forward to help her out financially.

Kalpana’s last directorial was the 2006 ‘Chingari’ which had featured Mithun Chakraborty, Sushmita Sen and Anuj Sawhney in pivotal roles. She had also penned a book ‘Bhupen Hazarika – As I Knew Him’ on her companion of 40 years, Bhupen Hazarika.

May her soul rest in peace.

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