Veteran filmmaker and director Lekh Tandon, who directed iconic movie like “Amrapali”, died on Sunday. He was 88.
Tandon passed away at his residence in Powai in presence of his family.
Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit posted, “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 revealed 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.
Born in Lahore in 1929, Tandon directed numerous Bollywood megastars 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 movie at 39th Academy awards.
He also bagged Filmfare Best Screenplay Award for his film “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 movies like “Swadesa, “Chennai Express”, “Rang De Basanti” among others.
Our condolences to his family. RIP…