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Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Mumbai: Director Nishikant Kamat, best known for his films "Drishyam" and "Madaari" passed away at 04:24 PM today in Hyderabad. He was suffering from Liver Cirrhosis for the past two years, reported AIG Hospitals.

The director was undergoing treatment and his health condition was said to be critical as informed by hospital sources.

Kamat, who was suffering from chronic liver disease and secondary infections, was admitted to AIG hospital in Gachibowli, Hyderabad on July 31.

Earlier today, rumours started making rounds on different social media platforms about the director's demise. Even Kamat's close friend, Marathi actor Jaywant Wadkar had said that the director had passed away. However, later director Milap Zaveri clarified that he was not dead but was on a ventilator as his health condition was critical.

Many of his associates, including actor R Madhavan, who worked with him in "Mumbai Meri Jaan" (2008), had also posted condolence messages.

In a statement on August 12, the medical facility had said that Kamat was hospitalised for jaundice and abdominal distention, and was diagnosed with chronic liver disease and other secondary infections. The hospital had described his condition "critical but stable".

Kamat, 50, made his directorial debut with Marathi film "Dombivali Fast" in 2005. His Bollywood debut was "Mumbai Meri Jaan", also starring Irrfan.

Kamat also 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.

(With Agency Inputs)

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