Thursday, January 20, 2011

Kalpana Lajmi’s No-Marriage Pact With Bhupen Hazarika


The only time Guru Dutt’s niece, Kalpana Lajmi, the director of Rudaali, Daman, Darmiyan and Chingaari, broke the pact was recently, when an angry mob of Assamese demanded to know who she was to stop them from meeting legendary singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika.

She turned around and said, “I’m his wife.” Kalpana and Bhupen Hazarika were in Assam to shoot for Star Cement – the cement house has launched a music album to bind the North-East region with Bhupen Hazarika and Meghalaya’s top artist Blue Machaw, music by Shantanu Moitra and lyrics by Swananda Kirkire.

“I am his wife” – that one line turned the couple’s relationship into headlines and snowballed. Soon Hazarika’s family had their share of woes – ‘Someone close to Hazarika,’ said they, ‘was influencing him. And he has willed all his properties to that person if he was to predecease her’. Such insinuations have cropped up for the first time in this Dec-June relationship of 39 years!