Malayalam actress Kalpana Ranjani passed away
Malyalam actress Kalpana Ranjani, popularly known as Kalpana, passed away on Monday at the age of 51 in Hyderabad. The sister of film actresses Urvashi and Kalaranjini, Kalpana was reportedly found unconscious in her hotel room. She was then rushed to the Apollo hospital where doctors declared her dead. Kalpana was in Hyderabad for the shooting of a Telugu film. She is suspected to have suffered a cardiac arrest.
Kalpana won National award for the Best Supporting Actress for her role in Thanichalla Njan. She made her debut in MT Vasudevan Nair’s Manj in 1983 and since then worked in over 300 movies. She was known for comic roles, especially in Malayali cinema. She recently made a music album with Usha Uthup. Kalpana also published her memoir Njan Kalpana. The actress has also hosted several talk shows and interviews on Malayalam TV Channels. She frequently appears as a Judge in Asianet’s Comedy Reality show Vodafone Comedy Stars. Kalpana was last seen in Khaaki Sattai as Siva Karthikeyan’s mother. She was married to Malayalam film director Anil Kumar, however she got divorced in 2012. Their only daughter Sreemayi was staying with her.