Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi passes away

Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi, well known for her films like Rudaali, Chingaari, Ek Pal and Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence, died on Sunday, aged 64. She had been suffering from a kidney disease for a while. She has been undergoing treatment at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital, where her end came. She was known for making women-oriented films.

“She passed away at the (Kokilaben Dhirubhai) Ambani hospital at 4.30 am. She was suffering from a chronic kidney disease and liver failure. She was on dialysis. She has been in and out of the hospital for three years. The last rites will be possibly conducted today,” said her brother Dev Lajmi.

Lajmi, a director, producer and screenwriter, was known for working on real subjects. Her films often had a woman at the centre. Some of her popular films include “Rudaali”, “Daman”, “Darmiyaan”. Lajmi’s last movie as a director was “Chingaari” in 2006, based on a novel “The Prostitute and the Postman” by Bhupen Hazarika, who was her partner.

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