Nishikant Kamat (Director) Wiki, Age, Death, Height, Wife, Family, Biography & More

Nishikant Kamat was an Indian director, writer and actor. He was a National Film Award winner for the Marathi film ‘Dombivali Fast’ (2006).


Nishikant Kamat was born on Wednesday, 17 June 1970 (age at the time of death 50 years) in Dadar, Maharashtra. Their zodiac sign is Gemini. He graduated in Hotel Management from a college in Goa. He was an alumnus of Ramnarayan Ruia Autonomous College in Mumbai.

Physical Appearance

Height (Approx): 5′ 7″

Eye colour: dark brown

Hair Color: Black

Nishikant Kamat

Family, Caste and Wife

He was born in a middle-class Maharashtrian family. His father worked as a teacher in a private college and his mother was a Sanskrit teacher.

When he was asked about marriage in an interview, he said,

During those three difficult years of my life I realized that if I couldn’t take care of myself then how could I take care of anyone else. I have had many serious relationships outside the film industry as well, but now I never want to get married because I have the clarity that I do not want any dependent visa on me.


While he was studying in Goa, he became interested in acting and became the cultural secretary of his college. Later, he started assisting an advertising filmmaker in Mumbai. He then worked as an editor for three years and then as a TV director for seven years. He worked as a writer for four years. In 2004, he debuted as an actor with the Bollywood film ‘Hawa Ane De’. He acted in several Hindi films like ‘Sachya Aat Gharat’ (2004), ‘404 Error Not Found’ (2011), ‘Rocky Handsome’ (2016), and ‘Daddy’ (2017).

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Nishikant Kamat in a film

Nishikant Kamat in a film

In 2005, he debuted as a director with the Marathi film ‘Dombivali Fast’ (2005). Some of his Hindi films as a director are ‘Mumbai Meri Jaan’ (2008), ‘Force’ (2011), ‘Drishyam’ (2015), ‘Rocky Handsome’ (2016) and ‘Madaari’ (2016). He directed some Marathi films like ‘Lai Bhari’ (2014) and ‘Phuge’ (2017). He worked as a writer for films such as ‘Sachya Aat Gharat’ (2004) and ‘Mumbai Meri Jaan’ (2008). In 2019, he worked as a creative producer for the web-series, ‘The Final Call’ and ‘Rangbaaz Phirse’.

Favourite Things

  • Food: Pav Bhaji, Chivda, Batata Vada
  • Films: Lagaan (2001), 3 Idiots (2009), Sultan (2016)
  • Destination: Goa and London

Facts/General Knowledge

  • Talking about his mother in an interview, he said,

My mother always wanted me to be a filmmaker, but as is the drama of life, I became a filmmaker only when she passed away due to a heart attack in 2003.

  • While sharing the story of his struggle in an interview, he said,

The film industry is not my life, it is a part of my life. My friends are from outside the industry. The three years from 1999 to 2001 were the most difficult for me. I was actually sitting at home and no checks were coming. I couldn’t tell my parents that I didn’t have a job. But I will make sure that I leave the house every day at 10 in the morning saying that I am going to work and will return only at 10 in the night. I would actually go to Ruia College to hang out with friends. If a friend buys something for me, I drink tea and if someone gives me money, I eat food, otherwise sometimes I even leave but do not take money from home for food. I have a friend, Vinayak Kotian, who owns a Udupi restaurant in Matunga. During those three years, every day he gave me Rs 50 and he never asked me for it.

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Nishikant Kamat with Vinayak Kotian

Nishikant Kamat with Vinayak Kotian

  • In an interview given to a leading news magazine, he talked about his smoking habit.
  • When asked, “What’s something about yourself that you want to improve on?” In an interview he said,

    I hate losing my temper, even if I only lose it once in two years. I think losing your temper in any situation is a sign of weakness.

  • In an interview he said, he was a big fan of the great Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan.

I have grown up with Amitabh Bachchan. He’s the only actor I still watch and get goosebumps. He is a childhood icon with whom I aspire to work, but for this I have to have the right script and he has to like my face.

  • He died on 17 August 2020 due to multiple organ failure. He was suffering from chronic liver disease. He was on ventilator in a hospital in Hyderabad due to liver cirrhosis. On 31 July 2020, he was admitted to AIG Hospital, Gachibowli due to jaundice and stomach upset.

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