Indian filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi passed away on Sunday, aged 64. Lajmi was diagnosed with kidney cancer last year.
Bollywood actor Huma Qureshi shared the news of Kalpana’s demise on Twitter. She wrote, “Deeply saddened… at around 4:30 am today morning #KalpanaLajmi passed away .. May she rest in peace.”
Deeply saddened… at around 4:30 am today morning #KalpanaLajmi passed away .. May she rest in peace.
— Huma Qureshi (@humasqureshi) September 23, 2018
Our dear beloved friend Kalpana Lajmi has gone to a better place. RIP my darling Kalpan. I shall miss you so terribly.
— Soni Razdan (@Soni_Razdan) September 23, 2018
Sad to hear about the passing of #KalpanaLajmi from @mitrakalita. Kalpana & I worked together as assistants. She was a powerhouse who made men uncomfortable because she stood fiercely for her rights, her point of view & to tell stories her way…
— dev benegal (@benegal) September 23, 2018
Kalpana Lajmi was known for directing acclaimed movies like Rudaali, Darmiyaan: In Between and Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence. She debuted as an assistant director under the veteran film director Shyam Benegal. She made her directorial debut with the documentary film D.G. Movie Pioneer in 1978.
Lajmi has also penned a book on Bhupen Hazarika, her partner for 40 years. The book ‘Bhupen Hazarika – As I Knew Him’ was launched in Mumbai on September 8 by Shyam Benegal and Kalpana’s mother, Lalita Lajmi.