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Remembering Nishikant Kamat: From Drishyam to Dombivali Fast, memorable movies directed by the late filmmaker
Aishwarya Vasudevan
Aug 17, 2021
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Hindustan Times

It's been a year since one of the best filmmakers in the country Nishikant Kamat breathed his last. The director and writer in his career of nearly two decades have helmed and also acted in many films. Nishikant did not showcase his work in one specific language, he has made movies in Hindi, Marathi and also Tamil. Kamat passed away at the age of 50 after suffering from cirrhosis on August 17, 2020.

He made his directorial debut with the Marathi film titled Dombivali Fast in 2005. While in 2007, he remade the film in Tamil and titled it Evano Oruvan. Nishikant was also bestowed with National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Marathi for Dombivali Fast in the year 2006.

Listed below are a few of his works as a director which include Force, the Hindi remake of Drishyam, Madaari among many others. 

1
Dombivali Fast
8.3OTTplay Rating
The Marathi drama film revolves around a common man who is just frustrated with the corrupt system. This makes him go on a rampage against the system and fight injustice. Nishikant in his directorial debut opted for a hard-hitting subject that had a lasting impact and urged many other filmmakers to work on movies that showcase the common man's plight. However, the film is loosely based on the 1993 Hollywood film Falling Down starring Michael Douglas in the lead role.
2
Evano Oruvan
7.5OTTplay Rating
Nishikant Kamat directed his own film Dombivali Fast in Tamil with Madhavan in the leading role. The film impacted the actor so much thus he decided to headline it in the Tamil language. The film has the exact plot of the Marathi film and many called it a 'must-watch'.
3
Mumbai Meri Jaan
8OTTplay Rating
Set against the backdrop of the 11 July 2006 Mumbai train bombings, the film shows the aftermath of the heinous event which affected the lives of people. The film shows how the mindset of people changed after witnessing the bombings from the fear of Mumbai local to Islamophobia. The film stars R Madhavan, Irrfan, Soha Ali Khan, Kay Kay Menon and Paresh Rawal in the lead roles. They all portrayed the emotions which every Mumbaikar must have felt when the lifeline of the city - local trains became victims of terrorist attacks.
4
Force
6.7OTTplay Rating
The Hindi remake of the 2003 Tamil film Kaakha Kaakha, the film is about a dutiful Mumbai cop who works for the Narcotics Control Bureau. However, his life changes professionally and personally when he unintentionally falls in love with a woman and at the same time a big drug case falls on his lap. The film is one good remake in Bollywood scenes with over-the-top action sequences all thanks to John Abraham and his ripped body wherein he was joined by the edgy Vidyut Jammwal who made his acting debut with the film.
5
Lai Bhaari
6.5OTTplay Rating
Lai Bhaari marked the Marathi debut of Riteish Deshmukh with Radhika Apte playing the female lead. The film was made on a huge scale and is touted to be one of the most expensive Marathi films. Lai Bhaari has all elements of masala films with a twist of twin brothers and fighting against a paternal cousin for the betterment of society.
6
Drishyam
8.5OTTplay Rating
After watching the Malayalam 2013 blockbuster Drishyam, it was not surprising that many filmmakers will be eyeing to remake the film in different languages. Nishikant Kamat had taken the plunge for the Hindi remake and he titled it the same. The director roped in Ajay Devgn for the role which Mohanlal played in the original and kept the screenplay and the essence very much intact.
7
ROCKY HANDSOME
6.4OTTplay Rating
Nishikant Kamat remade the 2010 South Korean film The Man from Nowhere in Hindi as Rocky Handsome starring John Abraham in the leading role. The film is about a reclusive pawnshop owner who is eyeing revenge. He witnesses vicious gangsters kidnap his drug-addicted neighbour's young daughter and thus he kickstarts his hunt to the doom.
8
Madaari
7.4OTTplay Rating
The filmmaker directed the late actor Irrfan in the suspense thriller film Madaari. The story is about a doting father who kidnaps the son of the Home Minister and demands something unusual. As the story progresses to nab the kidnapper, a shocking twist in the tale is witnessed which changes the plot entirely. The film had many unusual elements which hooked the viewers from the word go and Irrfan delivered a kickass performance under the direction of Nishikant Kamat.

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