Veteran filmmaker Lekh Tandon will be ever remembered for films like Amrapali, Agar Tum Na Hote and Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye. An Indian actor and filmmaker, it was he who introduced Shah Rukh Khan to the celluloid screen.
Lekh Faqeer Chand Tandon popularly known as Lekh Tandon was born on 13th February 1929 in Lahore, British India. Lekh began his career as Assistant Director 1n 1950s and became a director of several hit movies. Tandon directed films like 'Amrapali' (1966) and 'Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaaye' (1977). He received the Best Director Award for his film Agar Tum Na Hote in 1983. He also contributed a lot in the television industry. He is credited with discovering Shahrukh Khan for his TV serial Dil Dariya. Other popular serials directed by him include Farmaan, Phir Wahi Talash. As an actor, he worked in movies like Swades, Paheli, Rang De Basanti, Halla Bol, Chennai Express to name few.
Suffering from age-related ailments he passed away at his residence in suburban Powai in Mumbai. He was 88. Many film personalities paid condolences to the departed soul and tweeted their reactions.
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
Ashoke Pandit: At #LekhTandon ji's house at #Powai. Was not well from last 5 months & was bedridden. Breathed his last at 5.38 p.m. #RIP.
Speechless 2 see #LekhTandon ji A legend of #Cinema & #TV lying down with a smile on hs face as if he will just get up nd say #Action. #RIP.
Aniruddha Guha: Less than a week after the death of Kundan Shah, #LekhTandon passes away. If Shah was among the earlier architects of @iamsrk's career, Tandon laid its cornerstone by giving the actor a break in the show, 'Dil Dariya'. Not a good time for lovers of peak Indian TV.
Taran Adarsh: A storyteller par excellence... A wonderful person... RIP #LekhTandon ji... Heartfelt condolences!
Manoj Muntashir: I've grown up watching #PhirWahiTalash on @DDNational. Still remember meeting #LekhTandon at his Khar residence 16 years ago. RIP Lekh ji.
Nitin Tandon and Gayatri Tandon
(FOLLOWER OF Shri LEKH TANDON)
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