8 Films Directed by Nishikant Kamat That Thrilled the Indian Audience

Last evening, the brilliant Hindi-Marathi-Tamil director, actor and writer Nishikant Kamat passed away. His death is a loss to us all; Kamat is known for having been part of socially relevant, action-packed movies that kept audiences engaged in a variety of languages. Never succumbing to making staple romcom Bollywood movies, Kamat’s work is truly a class apart, pushing the boundaries of exploring urban life, crime, poverty, and political corruption. Never afraid to speak truth to power, Kamat directed 8 films that will go down in history for being unique stories that have audiences watching at the edge of their seats:

1 / 8

Dombivali Fast (2005)

Currently available to stream on MXPlayer, Dombivali Fast is a Marathi-language film that is a must-watch for all film fans. It tells the story of Madhav Apte, a middle-class banker who is increasingly frustrated by the constant injustice and corruption that interrupts his daily life. Finally reaching his breaking point, the film follows Apte’s spiral into a vigilante on a spree across the city in an attempt to make things right.

2 / 8

Evano Oruvan (2007)

Translating to “somebody”, Evano Oruvan is the Tamil remake of Kamat’s 2005 Marathi hit, Dombivali Fast. Starring R Madhavan, Sangeetha and Seeman, this film was also a box office and commercial success among the Tamil film industry and audience. Just goes to show that the right director can make a universally-appealing movie.

3 / 8

Mumbai Meri Jaan (2008)

Eerily releasing in 2008, three months before the awful 28/11 attacks that shook Bombay, Mumbai Meri Jaan is Kamat’s foray into exploring the terror world. Based on the true events of the 11 July 2006 train bomb attacks where 209 people died and more than 700 were injured, Kamat’s movie is a heart-wrenching story of the everyday people caught in these bomb attacks. The film stars Soha Ali Khan, Irrfan Khan, R Madhavan, Paresh Raval and Kay Kay Menon, and is available to stream on Netflix.

4 / 8

Force (2011)

A remake of the 2003 Tamil film Kaakha Kaakha, Force performed poorly at the box office. The plotline was nothing original: ACP Yashvardhan of the Narcotics Control Bureau and his team successfully kill a drug dealer, Vasu. But Vasu’s vengeful brother, Vishnu, a dreaded gangster, vows to destroy the ACP’s life. Nishikant Kamat once again directs an action film filled with drugs and gangsters, in true Kamat fashion.

5 / 8

Lai Bhaari (2014)

The highest grossing Marathi film of 2014, Lai Bhaari also marks Riteish Deshmukh’s debut in the Marathi film world. Sumitra, a childless woman, is blessed with a baby boy after praying to Lord Vitthal. However, years later, when her son is killed, she finds his lookalike in Pandharpur.
The film is an exciting thriller with a star cast of Riteish Deshmukh, Aditi Pohankar, Radhika Apte, Tanvi Azmi, Sharad Kelkar and cameos of Salman Khan and Genelia d’Souza. Watch Lai Bhaari on Zee5 now.

6 / 8

Drishyam (2015)

Who doesn’t love Tabu and Ajay Devgn in a film together, warring against one another? Drishyam is a fun suspense thriller and is definitely my favourite film directed by Kamat. A remake of the 2013 Malayalam movie, Drishyam is the cat-and-mouse tail of Vijay Salgaonkar, a businessman whose family becomes involved in a murder case, and Meera, the local police inspector who suspects his intentions. Watch Drishyam on Voot.

7 / 8

Rocky Handsome (2016)

Rocky Handsome stars John Abraham, Diya Chalwad, Shruti Haasan, Sharad Kelkar and Nishikant Kamat himself (briefly). The film revolves around a man who sets out to take vengeance against drug mafia after they take away an eight-year-old girl, with whom he shares a special bond. Now, Rocky Handsome is not a good movie, and did terribly both commercially and critically. But, in case you want to watch a ripped John Abraham shooting bad guys, stream it on Netflix now.

8 / 8

Madaari (2016)

A social thriller film directed by Nishikant Kamat and starring Irrfan Khan, Vishesh Bansal, Jimmy Shergill and Nishant Pandey in the lead roles, Madaari is based on a kidnapping of the Home Minister’s only son. Irrfan Khan plays the role of Nirmal Kaur, who is the kidnapper, wishing to seek justice for his own son’s wrongful death by governmental negligence. Although the film didn’t excel at the box office, it certainly was a nail-biter.

Nishikant Kamat was always speaking truth to power, using his artistic abilities to portray the negative consequences of corruption and violence in governing bodies. But, at their very core, his films are about the personal journeys of everyday people, like you and I, trying to survive in an apathetic, crime-ridden world. They are movies about family and home and love and loss. We will definitely miss Nishikant Kamat, and his absence leaves us with a gaping hole in the Indian film world.

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