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The unexpected news of the passing of the esteemed art director, Nitin Chandrakant Desai, has sent shockwaves throughout the film industry and among his admirers.

At the age of 57, this National award-winning artist was found deceased at his studio in Karjat, Maharashtra, with authorities suspecting suicide. The tragic incident unfolded on a Wednesday morning, leaving everyone in utter disbelief.

Lagaan art director Nitin Chadrakant Desai

Hailing from Dapoli, Nitin Chandrakant Desai made remarkable contributions to the world of cinema as an art director and production designer for numerous Marathi and Hindi films. His artistic brilliance adorned iconic movies such as “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” (1999), “Lagaan” (2001), “Devdas” (2002), “Jodhaa Akbar” (2008), and “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” (2015), creating mesmerizing and unforgettable visuals on the silver screen.

Lagaan art director Nitin Chadrakant Desai

His exceptional talent and attention to detail earned him four prestigious National Film Awards and three Filmfare Awards, solidifying his position as a revered figure in the industry.

In 2005, Desai established ND Studios, a sprawling 52-acre facility in Karjat, Navi Mumbai, which soon became a coveted destination for Bollywood and regional film productions. Iconic films like “Jodhaa Akbar” (2008) and “Traffic Signal” (2007) found their home within this state-of-the-art studio. Even the popular reality show ‘Big Boss’ by Colors TV found its space under his visionary guidance.

Lagaan art director Nitin Chadrakant Desai

Beyond the realm of film, Desai’s creativity extended to the World Cultural Festival in Delhi in 2016, leaving a lasting impact on the event.

His untimely departure is an irreplaceable loss to the creative world, and the entire film fraternity grieves the loss of this visionary artist. Authorities are conducting a thorough investigation to understand the circumstances surrounding this tragic event.

Nitin Chandrakant Desai’s legacy will continue to resonate for generations through his timeless contributions to cinema and his pioneering art direction.