Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi dies at 64

Rudaali director Kalpana Lajmi dies

Lajmi breathed her last at a hospital in Mumbai

Filmmaker-screenwriter Kalpana Lajmi's friends and family bid her an emotional farewell at her funeral in Mumbai on Sunday.

At her cremation in Mumbai, a number of stars such as Shabana Azmi, Soni Razdan and veteran director Shyam Benegal were seen paying their last respects. She went through a long period of illness, it is tragic. Lajmi's younger brother Dev Lajmi performed the last rites. In Chingari, the wronged sex-worker Basanti (Sushmita Sen) avenges her lover's death slaying the rapacious priest. She was a very fine filmmaker. "Movie Pioneer" in 1978.

Kalpana Lajmi was known for directing critically movies acclaimed movies like Rudaali, Darmiyaan: In Between and Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence. Rudaali (1993) featuring Dimple Kapadia, was India's official entry for Best Foreign Language film at the 66th Academy Awards. Lajmi's protagonists fought back hard when wronged. "I did speak to her last Sunday and we were supposed to meet on Wednesday, but she was readmitted to the ICU", Razdan told PTI. Kalpana Lajmi was a daughter of painter Lalita Lajmi and niece of filmmaker Guru Dutt. RIP my darling Kalpana. I shall miss you so terribly.

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Film industry personalities like Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Karan Johar, Soni Razdan, Rohit Shetty, the Film and Television Director's Association, Shyam Benegal, have given financial aid to her since she was diagnosed with cancer.

She had also authored a book on her longtime partner, the revered filmmaker and singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika, titled Bhupen Hazarika: As I Knew Him.

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