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Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi passes away in Mumbai at the age of 64
Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi passed away on Sunday at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai at around 4:30 am. She had been battling liver cancer since years. She was 64.

Her death has left many in Bollywood celebrities heartbroken including friends and family members. It was a sad day indeed for the entire film fraternity. Her brother Dev Lajmi told PTI, "Kalpana 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."

Her last rites and funeral proceedings are underway at Oshiwara Crematorium. Many family members and friends from Bollywood are coming to pay their last respects to the Rudaali fame filmmaker.

Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi shared the sad news of Kalpana Lajmi's demise on Twitter.  She wrote, "Deeply saddened… at around 4:30 am today morning #KalpanaLajmi passed away.. May she rest in peace."

Shocked by the news many stars paid their tributes by reacting to the news. Soni Razdan wrote, "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. Can't believe you're gone Kalpana. RIP sweetheart."

A heartbroken Raveena Tandon, who had worked in Daman which was directed by the talented director, took to Twitter to express herself. She wrote, "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."

Kalpana Lajmi was a popular filmmaker with noteworthy films to her credit like Rudaali, Darmiyaan: In between, and Daman: A Victim of Marital violence. Her films were a portrayal of the societal norms and made their mark in parallel cinema equally.

She was the daughter of painter Lalita Lajmi and niece of veteran filmmaker Guru Dutt. She had made her debut as an assistant director under the popular director Shyam Benegal. She had been suffering from liver ailments since a long time.

As quoted in spotboyeE.com, the director had said in an interview, "Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Karan Johar, Rohit Shetty, Mahesh Bhatt, Alia Bhatt, Soni Razdan, Ashoke Pandit, Neena Gupta, Vinta Nanda, Amit Khanna and Shyam Benegal have been doing a lot for me. They are pooling the money required for my treatment."

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