Award-winning director of women-centric films like ‘Daman’ and ‘Rudali’, Kalpana Lajmi, has been battling kidney cancer for months and was rushed to the hospital on November 6 as her condition worsened. According to reports, the filmmaker has been bedridden for six months and has been undergoing dialysis every other day. Reportedly, the 61-year-old’s medical bills which amount to Rs 2.5 lakhs per month have been paid mostly through celebrity donations.
According to a report in a leading entertainment media portal, “All the medical expenses incurred by Kalpana Lajmi have been taken care of by the Indian Films and Television Directors Association, Aamir Khan and Rohit Shetty.”
The director’s mother told the website that her daughter was rushed to Mumbai’s Kokilaben Hospital on Monday. She had lost one of her kidneys in surgery, and the other was infected. On Saturday,the All Assam Students Union leaders met Kalpana in Mumbai and offered her financial support.