Lajmi is known for helming critically acclaimed projects like Rudaali and Daman. Rudaali in particular is noteworthy as it featured a stellar performance by Dimple Kapadia and is still remembered for its songs and music. The late Bhupen Hazarika’s soundtrack and the song DilHoomHoomKare, sung by LataMangeshkar, are still popular.
Kalpana is related to two of India’s best known directors; she is the niece of Guru Dutt (her mother LalitaLajmi was Guru Dutt’s sister). Veteran director ShyamBenegal is also a relative of hers; Guru Dutt’s maternal grandmother and Shyam’s paternal grandmothers were sisters.
Two prominent Hindi film actors have received the National Award for acting in Kalpana’s films -- Dimple Kapadia for Rudaali and RaveenaTandon for Daman. She had penned a memoir on Hazarika called Bhupen Hazarika: As I Knew Him.
Cable Quest deeply mourns her demise.