Bollywood Offers Heartfelt Condolences On Kalpana Lajmi's Death, Will “Miss Her Infectious Laughter”

Kalpana Lajmi breathed her last at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital at 4:30am, this morning. The veteran filmmaker’s demise has left her family and close friends from Bollywood heartbroken

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Bollywood Offers Heartfelt Condolences On Kalpana Lajmi's Death, Will “Miss Her Infectious Laughter”

Veteran filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi passed away earlier this morning. She breathed her last at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai, at 4:30am. It’s a sad day indeed, for the film industry. “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 brother Dev Lajmi told PTI.

Kalpana’s funeral proceedings are underway at the Oshiwara Crematorium, as we speak. Her family and friends from the fraternity are coming in to pay their final respects to the veteran filmmaker. Shabana Azmi and Soni Razdan, were the first to arrive.

Meanwhile, shocked by the news, Bollywood paid condolence to the Rudaali filmmaker. Manoj Bajpayee, Raveena Tandon, Huma Quereshi, Soni Razdan,  took to Twitter reacting to the sad news:

Soni 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. Cant believe you’re gone Kalpana. RIP sweetheart

Raveena Tandon who worked with the filmmaker in the film Daman, was heartbroken on learning the sad news.

She tweeted, “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.”

Check out Manoj Bajpayee and Huma Quereshi’s tweets below:

“Just heard about Kalpana Lajmi passing away. Had worked with her as an editor when she made Darmiyaan. Will always remember her with fondness and respect for being a fearless woman and a powerhouse of a person in a male dominated industry. Rest In Peace dear Kalpana,” wrote director Hansal Mehta.

President Ram Nath Kovind also offered condolence. “Sorry to hear of the passing of Kalpana Lajmi, a film-maker of rare sensitivity. The repertoire of her work, from depicting strong and resilient women to cinematic renditions of Assamese life, was remarkable. Condolences to her family and well-wishers,” read a post on the President’s official account. has been tracking Kalpana Lajmi's health for a long time. She had been admitted to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital in April for surgery, after suffering a urine infection. She had returned home from the ICU, when got in touch with her. Her voice had significantly changed.

By November 2017, Kalpana’s condition had worsened. Speaking to Editor Vickey Lalwani, the veteran filmmaker had shared that she was undergoing dialysis 4 times a week.

In her interview, she had also elaborated upon the celebrities who had come forward to help her. “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,” she had said.

Image Source: twitter/raveenatandon, & twitter/sonirazdan

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