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Who was Nitin Desai? A look into the late art director's body of work

Updated on: 02 August,2023 10:42 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Written by: Tuhina Upadhyay | tuhina.upadhyay@mid-day.com

Indian art director and film producer Nitin Chandrakant Desai was found dead at his N D Studio in Karjat

Who was Nitin Desai? A look into the late art director's body of work

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Key Highlights

  1. Indian art director Nitin Chandrakant Desai was found dead at his N D Studio in Karjat.
  2. Nitin collaborated with esteemed directors such as Ashutosh Gowarikar and Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
  3. He won four National Film Awards for Best Art Direction and three Filmfare Best Art Direction Awards.

Indian art director and film producer Nitin Chandrakant Desai was found dead at his N D Studio in Karjat. At age 57, he left a significant legacy in Indian cinema with his remarkable work in Marathi and Hindi films. Nitin's contributions include iconic movies like ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, ‘Devdas’, ‘Jodhaa Akbar’, and ‘Lagaan, among others.


Throughout his illustrious career spanning two decades, Nitin collaborated with esteemed directors such as Ashutosh Gowarikar, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani, and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. His exceptional talent in production design earned him numerous accolades, with four National Film Awards for Best Art Direction and three Filmfare Best Art Direction Awards.


In 2002, Nitin took a leap into film production with 'Desh Devi', a devotional film centered around the Devi Mata of Kutch, through his production company Chandrakant Productions. His creative vision extended beyond cinema, and in 2005, he established ND Studios, sprawling over 52 acres in Karjat, near Mumbai. The studio served as a prominent backdrop for various film projects like 'Traffic Signal', and the popular reality show 'Bigg Boss'.


The reports of Nitin Desai's passing has sent shockwaves across the industry and among his countless admirers. While the police have yet to disclose specific details regarding the circumstances of his death, preliminary reports indicate that he may have died by suicide.

Nitin Desai's artistic genius and dedication to his craft have left a mark on Indian cinema. His impeccable work in art direction enriched the storytelling of some of the most beloved films in Bollywood. The film fraternity mourns the loss of a visionary talent who was so very passionate about his work.

As the police conduct a thorough investigation into the tragic incident, friends, colleagues, and fans remember the art director's illustrious career and the legacy he leaves behind. Nitin Desai's demise serves as a grim reminder of the importance of mental health awareness in the industry and society at large. His work will always tell the story of a talented and hard working individual. 

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