Guwahati: Nishikant Kamat, best-known for directing the Ajay Devgn starrer Drishyam as well as Madaari died on Monday of multiple organ failure at a hospital in Hyderabad.
The 50-year-old director, who was suffering from chronic liver disease and secondary infections, was admitted to AIG Hospital in Gachibowli, Hyderabad on July 31.
The hospital in a statement informed that Kamat was admitted on July 31 with a 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 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," the statement read.
In a statement on August 12, the medical facility had said that Kamat was hospitalized for jaundice and abdominal distention, and was diagnosed with chronic liver disease and other secondary infections. The hospital had described his condition as "critical but stable".
Actor Riteish Deshmukh was among the first to condole the director's death. "I will miss you my friend. #NishikantKamat Rest In Peace", Deshmukh 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", Devgn wrote on Twitter.
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.— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) August 17, 2020
RIP Nishikant 🙏
Condoling his death, Randeep Hooda wrote, "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."
Kamat, 50, made his directorial debut with Marathi film Dombivali Fast in 2005. His Bollywood debut was Mumbai Meri Jaan, also starring Irrfan Khan. Kamat also played the villain's role in John Abraham-starrer Rocky Handsome in 2016, which he also directed.