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Amrapali, Professor director Lekh Tandon dead, Bollywood mourns loss

Veteran filmmaker Lekh Tandon died on Sunday. Filmmakers Shekhar Kapur, Ashutosh Gowarikar, singer Lata Mangeshkar and several others expressed their grief.

bollywood Updated: Oct 16, 2017 14:40 IST
Press Trust of India, Mumbai
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Lekh Tandon, Shah Rukh Khan and Gayatri Joshi on the sets of Swades. Tandon died Sunday after prolonged illness.

Veteran filmmaker Lekh Tandon, who directed iconic film like Amrapali, died on Sunday, his associates said. He was 88. Tandon passed away at his residence in Powai, surrounded by his family.

Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit tweeted, “Sad to know about the demise of one of the finest TV and film directors Lekh Tandon ji. Your work is immoral. Will miss U. #RIP”. Pandit told IANS that Tandon was bed-ridden for the last five to six months and fed through a pipe. The end came at 5.38 p.m., he said.

Actor Shabana Azmi, also took to Twitter to express her grief. “Sad dat #LekhTandon passed away but wonderful dat he did so with his boots on.He was working on his latest film with a newcomers zeal . RIP,” she wrote.

Several other celebs in the industry also mourned the filmmaker’s death on Twitter:

Born in Lahore in 1929, Tandon directed many Bollywood stalwarts like Shammi Kapoor (Professor, 1962; Prince, 1969), Rajender Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini, Shabana Azmi, Rekha, Rajesh Khanna to name a few. His Amrapali (1966), featuring Sunil Dutt and Vyjayanthimala, that was selected as Indian entry for the best foreign language film at 39th Academy awards.

He also bagged Filmfare Best Screenplay Award for his movie Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye, along with Vrajendra Gaur and Madhusudan Kalekar in 1978.

He directed his first television serial Dil Dariya in 1988 through which he was also credited for discovering Shah Rukh Khan. Tandon also acted in films like Swades, Chennai Express, Rang De Basanti among others.

His funeral will be held in Powai at 12 p.m. on Monday.

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First Published: Oct 16, 2017 00:38 IST