Noted filmmaker Nishikant Kamat passes away at 50

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By Sohani Mittal

Nishikant Kamat, the Bollywood filmmaker who delivered successful films such as Madaari, Force and Drishyam, died on Monday at a city hospital in Hyderabad.

Actor Riteish Deshmukh was among the first ones to inform the film industry about the director’s death as he tweeted, “I will miss you my friend. #NishikantKamat Rest In Peace.”


The director, 50, who was stricken by chronic liver disease and other secondary infections, was admitted to AIG Hospital in Gachibowli, Hyderabad on July 31. In a very statement, the hospital said that Kamat was admitted on July 31 with complaint of fever and excessive fatigue. “It was diagnosed that he was suffering from Liver Cirrhosis for the past two years. Initially, we started antibiotics and supportive medications upon which Mr. Kamat showed improvement, but his condition soon deteriorated with progressive liver dysfunction and drowsiness. He was immediately shifted to the ICU, where his general condition gradually declined. Since yesterday, he developed respiratory failure and hypotension,” the statement read.

Ajay Devgn, who worked with the filmmaker in Hindi remake of Drishyam, tweeted, “My equation with Nishikant was not just about Drishyam, a film which he directed with Tabu and me. It was an association that I cherished. He was bright; ever-smiling. He has gone too soon. RIP Nishikant.” 

Kamat made his directorial debut in 2005 with Marathi film Dombivali Fast. His Bollywood debut was Mumbai Meri Jaan, also starring Irrfan. Kamat also played the negative role in John Abraham-starrer Rocky Handsome in 2016, which he also directed. His biggest hit was Ajay Devgn-Tabu starrer Drishyam, which was a remake of the Malayalam movie of the identical name.

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