Veteran filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi, who is suffering from malignant tumour in her left kidney, is overwhelmed to see the love and affection pouring in from all quarters. Big titans of the industry like Aamir Khan and Rohit Shetty have come together to help the critically acclaimed director in getting the best medical help possible. And the deluge of help offered has left Lajmi overwhelmed.
Speaking to Indian Express, Lajmi said, “This whole movement was initiated by Ashoke Pandit and Vinita Nanda. Earlier I was embarrassed to take help. But they told me that Aamir and Rohit Shetty had come forward and have taken care of the next six months. It makes you feel that your work’s worth has been respected. I feel very respected and wanted now.”
When asked if she has spoken to Aamir and Rohit, Lajmi said,”I haven’t been able to speak to Rohit. With Aamir and his wife, Kiran Rao, I have established communication. Kiran Rao knows my mother and they have been old friends since my mother participated in ‘Taare Zameen Par’. ”
Kalpana who was also Assamese maestro Bhupen Hazarika’s partner for over 40 years said that work on the legendary singer-composer’s biopic is on. Shared Lajmi, “I am collaborating with Prem Soni on Dada’s biopic. I have two actors in mind to play Dada. Among the senior lot, Ajay Devgn and among the new ones it is Ranveer Singh. Both are top notch actors and I feel either of them can come closest to the spirit of Dada and embody him well on screen.”
Kalpana Lajmi also expressed her gratitude for Asam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who helped her out financially for her treatment. “Tarunji bailed out Dada and he has now sent me one lakh rupees. There was no need to help me because Bhupendra was the son of soil and not me. Yet the decency that he gave me by virtue of me being with Dada makes me feel truly touched. I have promised to treat him to lunch whenever he comes here.” (Read the full story here)
Meanwhile, Lajmi’s saviour Ashoke Pandit was modesty personified downplaying his efforts as something that anyone in his place would have done.
“I learnt about Kalpanaji’s situation about ome and half months back. I and Vinita Nanda analysed it and figured that she needed help immediately. I then messages two people, Rohit Shetty and Aamir Khan. Both agreed to help immediately. While Rohit sent a cheque of two lakhs, Aamir gave six lakhs,” said Ashoke Pandit.
Lauding the industry for standing by their own ones in such trying times, Ashoke said,” When you are not well and you have financial issues, you get into depression. I went all out and whenever I have gone out with open hands,our industry has helped me.”
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