Noted filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi, who directed ‘Rudaali, dies

Sagar PaRvez
Mumbai : Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi, known for her women-oriented films like Rudaali, Ek pal, Daman and Chingaari passed away on Sunday at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.
Lajmi, 64, 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,” her brother Dev Lajmi
Several actors took to Twitter to pay their tribute to the award-winning director.
Kalpana, daughter of painter Lalita Lajmi and niece of filmmaker Guru Dutt, debuted as an assistant director under the renowned film director Shyam Benegal. She made her directorial debut with the documentary film D.G. Movie Pioneer in 1978.
Lajmi had also penned a book on her companion of 40 years, Bhupen Hazarika. The book ‘Bhupen Hazarika – As I Knew Him’ was launched in Mumbai on September 8 by Shyam Benegal and Kalpana’s mother, Lalita Lajmi.
The filmmaker, who was hospitalised at that time, could not attend the event as her doctors refused to clear her for a long commute.