Veteran writer-director and actor Lekh Tandon passed away on October 15th 2017, Sunday (evening), at his house in Powai, Mumbai. He was 88. (While the details on the cause of Tandon’s death are still awaited, industry sources have confirmed the news.)
Tandon was a multifaceted artiste who wrote, directed and even acted in many films like Swades, Rang De Basanti, Paheli and Chennai Express. He had also won the the 1978 Filmfare Best Screenplay Award for his movie Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye, shared with Vrajendra Gaur and Madhusudan Kalekar. His directorial Amrapali which starred Vyjayanthimala and Sunil Dutt, was India’s submission to the 39th Academy Awards for the Best Foreign Language Film.
Lekh Ji is also credited with giving break to superstar Shahrukh Khan by casting him in his TV serial Dil Dariya. We at SWA, deeply mourn the demise of Shri Lekh Tandon Ji and pray for his soul to rest in peace.