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Bollywood in mourning as filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi dies, she was 61

Kalpana Lajmi Kalpana Lajmi
Julia Gonzales | 23 September, 2018, 16:41

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. Dimple Kapadia's touching performance as a woman who's unable to weep won her the national award for best actress in Rudaali.

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".

So did Tandon for Daman, who tweeted on Sunday, "You will be missed Kalpanaji". Some of her popular films include Rudaali (1993), Daman (2001), Darmiyaan: In Between (1997). Those days while shooting "Daman" will be a treasured memory. The filmmaker's close friend Soni Razdan was among the few from the film industry who had gathered to bid adieu to Kalpana Lajmi.

In Darmiyan, the Mumbai-born Lajmi explored the relatively unchartered terrain of alternative gender.

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Lajmi also authored a book on the companion, Bhupen Hazarika titled Bhupen Hazarika - As I Knew Him. She even directed documentaries like A Work Study in Tea Plucking (1979) and Along the Brahmaputra (1981).

Bollywood celebrities like Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Karan Johar, Soni Razdan, Alia Bhatt, and Neena Gupta are known to have helped Kalpana Lajmi's treatment financially.

She was 17 when she met the 45-year-old acclaimed poet-lyricist-musician and later, Dadasaheb Phalke, Padmashri and Padmabhushan awardee Dr Bhupen Hazarika. She made her television debut as a director with Lohit Kinare which was streamed in the year 1988.

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