Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi No More! Soni Razdan & Huma Qureshi Confirm The News

Kalpana Lajmi was 64

The filmmaker's close friend Soni Razdan was among the few from the film industry who had gathered to bid adieu to Kalpana Lajmi. She went on to work as an assistant costume designer in Benegal's "Bhumika: The Role" (1977), starring Smita Patil, Amol Palekar and Naseeruddin Shah, among others.

Lajmi had been undergoing dialysis for a couple of years, and true to her indomitable spirit, had said in an interview last year: "My kidneys have failed, but I haven't". While she wasn't very prolific as a filmmaker, her movies have a high recall value. The director who was in hospital at time could not be at the launch of her book. "Movie Pioneer" in 1978. A niece of the famed filmmaker Guru Dutt, she assisted Shyam Benegal in films like Bhumika and Mandi, before producing and directing Ek Pal. Rudaali (1993) featuring Dimple Kapadia, was India's official entry for Best Foreign Language film at the 66th Academy Awards. Actresses Huma Qureshi and Soni Razdan are some of the people who tweeted after her death on Sunday morning, as the news spread.

"Extremely sorry to inform you that Kalpana Lajmi passed away this morning at 4.30 am", the filmmaker's spokesperson Parul Chawla told IANS. RIP my darling Kalpan.

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Since Kalpana was detected with cancer, several stars in the film world, including Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Soni Razdan and Neena Gupta helped her out financially.

Lajmi also assisted Assamese cultural icon Bhupen Hazarika striking a creative collaboration with him. "Chingaari", starring Sushimita Sen, was also based on Hazarika's novel "The Prostitute and the Postman".

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