June 18, 2021

Nishikant Kamat, director of Drishyam and Madaari, dies at 50 of multiple organ failure

Drishyam and Madaari director Nishikant Kamat passed away at a Hyderabad hospital on Monday at the age of 50. He was suffering from chronic liver disease.

Nishikant Kamat, the filmmaker who delivered successful films such as Madaari and Drishyam, died on Monday of multiple organ failure. Actor Riteish Deshmukh was among the first ones to inform about the director’s death as he tweeted, “I will miss you my friend. #NishikantKamat Rest In Peace.”

The director, who was suffering from chronic liver disease and secondary infections, was admitted to AIG Hospital in Gachibowli, Hyderabad on July 31. In a 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.”

Condoling his death, actor Nimrat Kaur wrote, “Really sorry to learn of the untimely passing away of Nishikant Kamat. Heartfealt condolensces and prayers for all his loved Nishikant Kamat made his film debut as an actor with 2004 film Hava Aney Dey. He gradually veered towards direction and earned awards and accolades with his Marathi films such as Dombivali Fast and Lai Bhaari. Kamat went to direct Hindi films such as Madaari, Mumbai Meri Jaan and Force. He got national spotlight with Drishyam, which starred Ajay Devgn and Tabu in lead roles, and was a remake of the 2013 Malayalam film starring Mohanlal.

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