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Lekh Tandon, Veteran Filmmaker & Director Of Iconic Film ‘Amrapali’, Dies At 88

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 in presence of his family.

Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit tweeted:

Pandit told IANS that Tandon was bedridden for the last five to six months and fed fed through a pipe. The end came at 5.38 PM, 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 Swades, Chennai Express, Rang De Basanti among others.

His funeral will be held in Powai at 12 PM today.



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