Anupam Kher has expressed his grief and sadness over the passing away of veteran filmmaker Lekh Tandon on social media.
Veteran filmmaker Lekh Tandon, who directed iconic film like “Amrapali”, passed away on Sunday. He was 88 years old. Tandon passed away at his residence in Powai in presence of his family.
Anupam Kher took to his Twitter account and expressed, “Deeply saddened by the news of #LekhTandon ji’s demise. One of d first directors I met as a struggling actor. He was compassionate & kind.”
Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit also expressed his sadness on social media. He wrote, “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”.”
Lekh Tandon was born in Lahore in 1929, he 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.