DRISHYAM Director Nishikant Kamat Passes Away At 50

By SM .17 Aug, 2020





Director Nishikant Kamat, best known for his films "Mumbai Meri Jaan," "Drishyam" and "Madaari," died on Monday in a Hyderabad hospital. He was 50. Kamat, who was suffering from chronic liver disease and secondary infections, was admitted to AIG hospital in Gachibowli, Hyderabad on July 31. Kamat made his directorial debut with the Marathi film "Dombivali Fast" in 2005. His Bollywood debut was 2008"s "Mumbai Meri Jaan," starring Irrfan and R Madhavan. Actor Riteish Deshmukh confirmed the same through a tweet that read, "I will miss you my friend. #NishikantKamat Rest In Peace."

In a statement on August 12, the medical facility had said that Kamat was hospitalized for jaundice and abdominal distention, and was later diagnosed with chronic liver disease. The hospital had described his condition "critical but stable." On Monday, news of his death spread which was later dispelled by filmmaker Nishikant Kamat and others. The hospital also issued a health bulletin after his death. The statement reads: "Mr Nishikant Kamat (50 years, Male) was admitted to AIG Hospitals on 31st July, 2020 with complains 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. Despite maximum efforts from hepatologists, gastroenterologists, pulmonologists and intensivists, his condition deteriorated eventually leading to multiple organ failure. Today, from afternoon onwards his vital parameters started declining and at 1624 hours he succumbed to his illness. Our condolences are with his family, friends and fans."


A medical bulletin from AIG Hospitals this morning said that Nishikant Kamat was "currently on ventilator support and continues to be in critical condition."

A week ago, the hospital had said the filmmaker was "critical but stable." The statement from the hospital read: "He has been diagnosed with chronic liver disease and other secondary infections. He is in the intensive care unit for continuous monitoring under the supervision of a multidisciplinary team of senior consultants comprising of Gastroenterologists, Hepatologists, Critical Care and others. His condition is critical but stable."

Nishikant Kamat was taken to AIG Hospitals in Gachibowli, Hyderabad on July 31. He was treated for jaundice and abdominal distention, news agency ANI reported.

Nishikant Kamat was best-known for directing the Hindi remake of Malayalam hit Drishyam - the remake starred Ajay Devgn and Tabu. He also directed Irrfan Khan in Madaari and Mumbai Meri Jaan, and John Abraham in Force and Rocky Handsome. Kamat, also an actor, had roles in Rocky Handsome and some other films such as 2018"s Bhavesh Joshi.

Nishikant Kamat was also prominent in the Marathi film industry. He helmed films like Dombivali Fast, which was his debut as a director, Lai Bhaari and Fugay; he also acted in Fugay, Hava Aney Dey and Saatchya Aat Gharat. Dombivali Fast won the National Award for Best Marathi Film. Kamat served as Creative Producer on last year"s web series The Final Call.


Kamat is an alumnus of Mumbai"s Wilson College where he rose to prominence in the amateur theatre circuit.


As soon as the news of his death spread, his fans and industry counterparts took to social media and poured in condolences.

Riteish Deshmukh@Riteishd
I will miss you my friend. #NishikantKamat Rest In Peace. 🙏🏽

Ajay Devgn@ajaydevgn
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 🙏

John Abraham, who worked with Nishikant Kamat in films like Force and Rocky Handsome, shared pictures with the late director and tweeted: "Will not get over this .... Rest In Peace."

Paresh Rawal tweeted, "One of my favourite Director Nishikant Kamat Who made “Mumbai Meri Jaan “breathed his last today at Hyderabad hospital. Thanks Nishi for such a meaningful film and memories. AUM SHANTI."

Tisca Chopra@tiscatime
Damn, this years cruelty doesn’t end .. will miss your easy laughter & sharp cinematic brain. You had so many stories still to tell .. gone too soon #NishikantKamat rest in peace my friend 💔

Ashoke Pandit: Extremely sad to know that my friend Director actor #NishikantKamat is no more. I knew him since his theatre days... an ace story teller and a grounded beautiful being.... gone too soon. Will miss U dost. ॐ शांति !

Vivek Agnihotri wrote, "Such a sad news of my friend and brilliant actor and filmmaker Nishikant Kamat’s untimely death. So so sad. बिछड़े सभी बारी बारी। ॐ शांति।"

Faridoon Shahryar: #NishikantKamat made a very important film called #MumbaiMeriJaan on the Mumbai Bomb blasts that must be rediscovered. #Drishyam #DombivaliFast #Force #LaiBhaari ... he made a wide spectrum of films. He also acted in a negative lead in #RockyHandsome. #RIP #GoneTooSoon

Genelia Deshmukh: #NishikantKamat you were one of a kind.. I found a life coach in you.. I live by so much that we discussed and I live with knowing you were such an amazing soul and I’m just so glad our paths crossed.. I will miss you dear Nishi .. R.i.p

Randeep Hooda tweeted, "Farewell Nishi!! You lived and died by what you decided you loved more than anything else .. I’m sure you had no regrets about much .. thank you for all the movies, all the fun stories, warmth and smiles #NishikantKamat."

Ritesh Sidhwani wrote, "My thoughts and prayers with the friends and family of #NishikantKamat. This is deeply saddening. May his soul rest in peace."

Raja Sen: A director and a drinking buddy. Warm, enthused, affectionate. A man with an infectious laugh. Heartbroken as I bid goodbye to Nishikant Kamat. This cruel year continues to stab.

Payal Ghosh: RIP #NishikantKamat SIR I extend my deepest sympathies to his family and friends.May his soul be at peace.

Kamat 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 same name.