Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi passed away on Sunday morning around 4:30 am at Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai. Kalpana, who was 64, had been fighting a long battle with kidney cancer.
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Kalpana Lajmi was known for directing path-breaking and female-oriented movies like Rudaali, Darmiyaan: In Between and Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence. Rudaali was in fact selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. However, it was unable to make the final cut. The niece of Guru Dutt had made her directorial debut with the documentary film DG Movie Pioneer.
Celebrities pay tribute to director, producer and screenwriter Kalpana Lajmi.
I had promised to meet her after Manto release, says Nandita Das
Deeply saddened by the news of Kalpana Lajmi leaving us. I had promised to meet her in the coming week, after the Manto release. No greater pain than losing one's child, so my deepest condolences to Lalitaji.— Nandita Das (@nanditadas) September 23, 2018
Annu Kapoor on Kalpana Lajmi
Deeply saddened by the sad demise of Kalpana Lajmi , an eminent director and niece of genius Gurudutt. Worked together when she assisted Shyam Benegal in Mandi 36 years back May her soul rest in peace— ANNU KAPOOR (@annukapoor_) September 23, 2018
Mamata Banerjee on Kalpana Lajmi
Saddened by the passing away of acclaimed filmmaker, producer & screenwriter Kalpana Lajmi, who stood for breaking new ground in Indian cinema with films like ‘Rudaali’. My condolences to her family and admirers— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) September 23, 2018
Kalpana Lajmi was full of life, says Vivek Agnihotri
Vivek Agnihotri tweeted, "Got up to hear the sad news of Kalpana Lajmi’s demise. One of my first friends in the industry. So full of life. OM Shanti."
You will be missed Kalpanaji, says Raveena
"You will be missed Kalpanaji. Was not your time to go..but may your heart now be at peace. Those days while shooting Daman will be a treasured memory. #KalpanaLajmi Om Shanti," Raveena Tandon said via Twitter.
Kalpana Lajmi was a fearless woman, says Hansal Mehta
Hansal Mehta shared on Twitter, "Just heard about Kalpana Lajmi passing away. Had worked with her as an editor when she made Darmiyaan. Will always remember her with fondness and respect for being a fearless woman and a powerhouse of a person in a male dominated industry. Rest In Peace dear Kalpana."
Learned a lot while working with Kalpana Lajmi, says Onir
Onir posted on Twitter, "RIP #KalpanaLajmi. My first exposure to a film shooting was while working as a song director and editor in Daman. Remember many evenings of food and music in her residence along with Bhupen Da. Learned a lot while working with her."
I will miss my movie partner, says Soni Razdan
Soni Razdan wrote on Twitter, "Our dear beloved friend Kalpana Lajmi has gone to a better place. RIP my darling Kalpan. I shall miss you so terribly. I will miss her strong energetic voice, her indefatigable drive to create, her laughter that was always so full of real joy and her wonderful sense of humour. Most of all I will miss my movie partner. Cant believe you’re gone Kalpana. RIP sweetheart ❤️"