Renowned filmmaker, Kalpana Lajmi, died at age of 64 on September 23 after a long battle with kidney cancer.
Lajmi – a director, producer & screenwriter, was known for working on films that were socially relevant and brought out the challenges faced by women. She made films to bring the sidelined important topics to the mainstream cinema that made people think and talk about it.
Some of her popular films include Rudaali, Daman, and Darmiyaan: In Between.
Each one of them revolved around strong women characters, who were trying to break the social norms. The movies built social awareness about the topics that no one in society wanted to talk about.
On one hand, through Rudaali, Lajmi tackled the social custom of lower-caste women professional mourners (Rudaali), who are employed to weep at upper-caste funerals. And on the other hand, through Daman, she portrayed the conservative Indian socio-cultural life where women were subject to domestic violence and marital rape. Further with Darmiyaan: In Between, she gave India’s first mainstream film that addressed the issue of the third gender.
What made Ms. Lajmi so special?
She was a filmmaker, whose impact far exceeds the credit that was awarded to her. She was amongst the finest storytellers of emotions of real people in the cinema industry.
There is no doubt that her films supported the female cause. But, would we label her a feminist? Perhaps. But she was also deeply in love with a man, Bhupen Hazarika, to whom she dedicated her life. Feminism for her did not mean male hatred.
Many people came forward to pay condolences:
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. pic.twitter.com/mtteS4nAlZ
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) September 23, 2018
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 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/kJFCKtct7e
— Soni Razdan (@Soni_Razdan) September 23, 2018
Deeply saddened… at around 4:30 am today morning #KalpanaLajmi passed away .. May she rest in peace.
— Huma Qureshi (@humasqureshi) September 23, 2018
Sad to know about the passing away of #KalpanaLajmi ji.
Condolences to her family and loved ones.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 23, 2018
The passing of #KalpanaLajmi, a diverse and versatile filmmaker is a great loss to Indian cinema. My deepest condolences to her family.
— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) September 23, 2018
A mold-breaker both in her professional and personal life, Kalpana inspired many people to come forward and talk about the subjects that no one wanted to talk about.
We will definitely miss the Maverick Lajmi!
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