'Amrapali' director Lekh Tandon dies at 88, funeral today

Noted filmmaker Lekh Tandon passed away at his Powai residence, Mumbai on Sunday evening at the age of 88. He directed movies like Amrapali, Agar Tum Na Hote, Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye and few more. He also directed television serial ‘Dil Dariya’ in 1988 which introduced superstar Shahukh Khan. 

As the news of his death broke, celebrities like Shabana Azmi, Shekhar Kapur, Ashutosh Gowariker, filmmaker Ashoke Pandit took to Twitter to share their condolence. 

Talking about Lekh Tandon, veteran actor Prem Chopra told indianexpress.com, “I am shocked to hear about his (Lekh Tandon) death. I worked with him on Jhuk Gaya Aasman. I have learned a lot from him. He was a great person to work with. He was modest and never spoke much, but the stature of his work is big.”

Azmi Shabana# Sad dat #LekhTandon passed away but wonderful dat he did so with his boots on.He was working on his latest film with a newcomers zeal . RIP

Shekhar Kapur goodbye #LekhTandon Extraordinary film maker/story teller of his times. Never ever refused an actor at his doorstep some warmth advice n tea

Ashutosh Gowariker# Very VERSATILE Director who gave several HITS!
Was privileged to work with u in Swades!
Will always miss ur gentleness Sir! RIP #LekhTandon
10:11 PM - Oct 15, 2017

Ashoke Pandit# Speechless 2 see #LekhTandon ji A legend of #Cinema & #TVlying down with a smile on hs face as if he will just get up nd say#Action. #RIP.

Kunal Kohli# My fav #LekhTandon film & song #rip sir https://youtu.be/foaU-2n6WUs 
9:27 PM - Oct 15, 2017

Rishi Kapoor# RIP Lekh Tandon ji, Directed “Prince”, “Dulhan Wohi Jo Piya Man Bahaye” etc.... was my fathers assistant.

For the last five to six months, Lekh Tandon was bed-ridden and was being fed through a pipe. He passed away at 5.38 pm on October 15. Apart from directing movies, Tandon also acted in films like Swades, Chennai Express and Rang De Basanti among others.

His funeral will take place in Powai at 12 pm on October 16 followed by a chautha on October 17.