In a tragic incident, celebrated art director Nitin Chandrakant Desai passed away. The 58-year-old talented artist and production designer ended his life at his studio in Karjat, where he was the owner of the ND Studios. Further details about the untimely demise are yet to be disclosed.
Nitin Desai had a prolific career spanning over two decades, collaborating with esteemed filmmakers such as Ashutosh Gowarikar, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani, and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. His creative genius graced the sets of iconic Bollywood movies like 1942: A Love Story, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), Devdas (2002), and Once Upon a Time in Mumbai (2010), among others. His last project as an art director was the 2019 film Panipat, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. Notably, he also contributed to the sets of the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire (2008).
Just last month, Nitin Desai had performed a pooja at his studio, preparing for the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festival. He was engrossed in the pandal decoration for Mumbai’s iconic Ganpati mandal, Lalbaugchya Raja. Additionally, the talented artist was busy working on a new show about Maharana Pratap, set to be released on an OTT platform.
The film industry mourns the loss of this visionary artist, who left an indelible mark on the world of cinema with his exceptional talent and creative brilliance. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time.