‘Drishyam’ director Nishikant Kamat dies at 50

Nishikant Kamat
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Hyderabad, August 17, 2020: Film director Nishikant Kamat (50), who was undergoing treatment at AIG Hospital, today succumbed to his illness.

The hospital issued a statement, “Mr Kamat was admitted on 31st July 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 an 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 4.24 pm he succumbed to his illness. Our condolences are with his family, friends and fans.”

Born in Mumbai

Kamat was born in Mumbai. He was an alumnus of Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai, where he rose to prominence in the amateur theatre circuit. He made his directorial debut in the year 2005 with the Marathi film Dombivali Fast. His very first film received the National Award for Best Feature Film in Marathi. The film was one of the biggest hit Marathi films of that year. In Bollywood, Kamat got recognition from the 2015 Ajay Devgan, Tabu and Shreya Saran starrer film Drishyam.

Debut in Bollywood with ‘Hath Aane De’

Kamat was an excellent director as well as an excellent actor. He has done many films like ‘Hath Aane De’, ‘Satachaya Aath Gharat’ (Marathi), ‘404 Error Not Found’, ‘Rocky Handsome’, ‘Phuge’, ‘Daddy’, ‘Julie-2’, ‘Bhavesh Joshi’. 

He played the character of the villain in the 2016 film Rocky Handsome. He directed this film. He was preparing to direct a Hindi film called ‘Dar-Ba-Dar’, which is to be released in 2022.