“He was immediately shifted to the ICU"
Indian filmmaker Nishikant Kamat has tragically passed away at the age of 50 after suffering from multiple organ failure on Monday, 17 August 2020.
Kamat is popularly known for delivering hit films like Madaari (2016) and the Bollywood remake of Drishyam (2015).
In fact, he made his directorial debut with the Marathi film, Dombivali Fast in 2005.
In 2008, he made his Bollywood debut with Mumbai Meri Jaan which also starred the late Irrfan Khan.
The director also acted in Rocky Handsome in 2016, in which he played the role of the antagonist opposite John Abraham.
The filmmaker was admitted to AIG Hospital in Gachibowli, Hyderabad on July 31, 2020. Kamat was taken to the hospital after complaining of excessive fatigue and fever.
He was known to be suffering from chronic liver disease and secondary infections.
According to a statement by the hospital, they revealed his condition saying:
“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.”
Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh was one of the first stars from the film fraternity to inform fans about the director’s demise. Taking to Twitter, he wrote:
“I will miss you my friend, #NishikantKamat Rest In Peace.”
Sharing her condolences, actress Nimrat Kaur tweeted:
“Really sorry to learn of the untimely passing away of Nishikant Kamat. Heartfelt condolences and prayers for all his loved ones.”
Actor Ajay Devgn, who worked with Nishikant Kamat for Drishyam, wrote:
“My equation with Nishikant was not just about Drishyam, a film which he directed Tabu and me.
“It was an association that I cherished. He was bright; ever-smiling. He has gone too soon. RIP Nishikant.”
Another actor to post his grief over the director’s demise was Randeep Hooda. He said:
“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.”
According to a previous statement by the hospital on August 12, 2020, it was stated that Kamat was hospitalised for abdominal distension and jaundice.
He was later diagnosed with chronic liver disease as well as secondary infections. His condition was described as “critical but stable” by the hospital.