Hyderabad: Acclaimed director Nishikant Kamat passed away on Monday, August 17th at the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG) Hospital in Gachibowli. He was initially admitted to the hospital on July 31st in a critical condition.

The director, as per hospital authorities, was on ventilator support in the morning hours of Monday. He breathed his last at 4.24 PM.

The hospital staff said that Kamat had been suffering from liver cirrhosis from the last two years. While his initial treatment showed improvement, but due to a decline in his health, he was shifted to ICU.

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"Since yesterday, he developed respiratory failiure and hypotension. Despite maximum efforts from Hepatologists, Gastroenterologists, and Pulmonologists, and Intensivists, his condition deteriorated eventually leading to multiple organ failure," a release from the hospital read.

Nishikant Kamal is most known for his Tabu and Ajay Devgan starer Drishyam, Irfan Khan starer Madari, Mumbai Meri Jaan, and Force. His Marathi debut, Dombivali, went on to win the National Award for Best Feature Film in 2005.

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