Bollywood in mourning as filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi dies, she was 61

Kalpana Lajmi: The feminist filmmaker who did not like to be called one

Bollywood in mourning as filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi dies, she was 61

Her last rites will take place at Oshiwara Crematorium at 1 pm.

She had also authored a book on her longtime partner, the revered filmmaker and singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika, titled Bhupen Hazarika: As I Knew Him.

The filmmaker is survived by her brother and mother, painter Lalita Lajmi. "She was also script-friendly but not very comfortable with the physical process of shooting", recalls Arif Zakaria, who made his film debut in Darmiyan.

Known for making fiery films with women at the core of her stories, her filmography boasts of movies like "Ek Pal", "Rudaali", "Daman", "Darmiyaan" and "Chingaari"(2006), her last directorial. She was often often hailed as one of the forerunners of parallel cinema. Kalpana Lajmi, 64, died of multiple organ failure. "Learned a lot while working with her". Soni is Kalpana's closest friend and she has been monitoring the funds for Kalpana's treatment. Benegal told PTI, "She was a niece of mine".

"She was on dialysis".

Raveena Tandon, her lead star in Daman, tweeted, "You will be missed Kalpanaji.Was not your time to go.but may your heart now be at peace". "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". Rudaali (1993) featuring Dimple Kapadia, was India's official entry for Best Foreign Language film at the 66th Academy Awards.

Actress Huma Qureshi said she was "deeply saddened" by the news. "Chingaari", starring Sushimita Sen, was also based on Hazarika's novel "The Prostitute and the Postman".

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