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Filmmaker Lekh Tandon passes away, Bollywood celebs express grief

His "Amrapali" (1966), featuring Sunil Dutt and Vyjayanthimala was selected as Indian entry for the best foreign language film at 39th Academy awards.
Lekh Tandon
Edited by: India TV Entertainment Desk New Delhi October 16, 2017 11:43 IST

Veteran filmmaker Lekh Tandon, who directed iconic film Amrapali passed away at the age of 88. He died at his residence in Powai in presence of his family. Bollywood celebs expressed grief over his death. From Shabana Azmi to Lata Mangeshkar, celebrities mourned the death of the legendary filmmaker.

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 fed through a pipe. The end came at 5.38 p.m., he said.

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 Swadesa, Chennai Express, Rang De Basanti among others.

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

(With IANS Inputs)

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