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Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi passes away at 64

She had been suffering from a kidney ailment. 

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Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi passed away during the early hours on Sunday (23 September), at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai at the age of 64. She had been battling a chronic kidney disease and liver failure. 

“She passed away at the [Kokilaben Dhirubhai] Ambani Hospital at 4.30am. 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," her brother Dev Lajmi had told PTI, a news agency.

Her final rites took place today (23 September) at 1pm at the Oshiwara crematorium. 

Lajmi was known for her hard-hitting women-oriented films. After making a few documentaries, she made her first feature film, Ek Pal (1986), which starred Shabana Azmi, Shreeram Lagoo, Naseeruddin Shah and Farooq Shaikh.
This was followed up with the highly acclaimed Rudaali (1993), starring Dimple Kapadia. The film was India’s official entry for the Oscars that year. Her next film Darmiyaan: In Between (1997) was also highly appreciated. Starring Arif Zakaria, Kiron Kher and Tabu, the film centred around a transgender character. Her last movie Daman (2000) featured Raveena Tandon, Sayaji Shinde and Sanjay Suri. The film won Tandon the National Award for Best Actress. 

Lajmi's death was mourned by many film personalities including Manoj Bajpayee, Soni Razdan, Mahesh Bhatt, Huma Qureshi, Raveena Tandon, and the president of India Ram Nath Kovind.