Serious film making is a task. And not many can sail through nasty cinema storms, unless the captain of the ship is proficient with his/her business. In Nishikant Kamat‘s case, however, is a little different. He has always been versatile in his approach towards cinema.
Kamat became the talk of B-town, post the release of his film Dombivali Fast. This film that earned him an array of accolades, and was remade in Tamil with R Madhavan as a lead. He touched upon a sensitive issue of the Mumbai bomb blasts with another film – Mumbai Meri Jaan. This multi-starrer, although didn’t do well at the box office but was appreciated by the critics. The wounds of the 2006 bombings were raw and Kamat hit upon it sensibly, keeping in view the emotional trauma many had been through.
Dombivali Fast earned Kamat the National Film Award for the Best Feature Film in Marathi. The film was raw and rich in its approach towards the problems of Mumbaikars. A simpleton, law-abiding Mumbaikar when is pushed way too much, when he is forced to face corruption and incessant insults, he breaks down. Repercussions? He creates a facade that reflects his disturbed mind. The film is said to resemble the Hollywood film – Falling Down, though, it seems nothing like it. It voices the thoughts and views of every city-dweller, irrespective of the metro city he/she resides in.
His film – Force, turned out to be a completely different film where John Abraham played a dutiful, and angry cop! This film is a remake of a Tamil film – Kaakha Kaakha, and yet did well.
Kamat, who is now working with John for their next film Rocky Handsome, returns to Marathi cinema with his soon-to-release film – Lai Bhari. Starring Riteish Deshmukh, with Salman Khan doing a cameo and a story by Sajid Nadiadwala, the film looks to be a promising blockbuster.
By Siddhi Palande