Renowned art director Nitin Chandrakant Desai, known for his remarkable work in films like Devdas, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, and Jodha Akbar. He tragically bid farewell to the world as he died by suicide. His lifeless body was discovered at his ND Studio in Khalapur near Karjat, just days before his 58th birthday on August 9. The news has left the entire Bollywood film fraternity in shock. Celebrities like Abhishek Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Parineeti Chopra, and others have taken to their social media to offer condolences.
Bollywood celebrities mourn the untimely demise Nitin Desai
Sanjay Dutt took to his Twitter account to offer his heartfelt condolences. Desai was also behind some iconic sets of Sanjay Dutt’s Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006).
Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Nitin Desai. A brilliant art director and a good friend, his contribution to Indian cinema has been monumental. My thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.
— Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) August 2, 2023
Veteran actress Hema Malini also shared that she was a part of many of his projects.
Shocking news this morning – Art Director Nitin Desai is no more. Such a warm human being, associated with many of my projects and ballets, his passing is a terrible loss to the film industry. May he find peace wherever he is🙏 pic.twitter.com/STNsz6Kwr8
— Hema Malini (@dreamgirlhema) August 2, 2023
Remembering his work, Parineeti Chopra was heartbroken hearing the news.
Heartbreaking to hear about Nitin sir. #NitinDesai. His groundbreaking work, wisdom and artistry will be remembered forever. Rest in peace sir.
— Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) August 2, 2023
Akshay Kumar, who was about to release the trailer of his movie upcoming movie OMG 2 on Wednesday, postponed it to pay respects.
Unbelievably sad to know about the demise of Nitin Desai. He was a stalwart in production design and such a big part of our cinema fraternity. He worked on so many of my films… this is a huge loss. Out of respect, we are not releasing the OMG 2 trailer today. Will launch it…
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) August 2, 2023
Actor Abhishek Bachchan called him a ‘fine artist’ as he offered condolences to the art director.
Very sad to hear about the passing of Nitin Desai. We worked on so many films together. Was such a fine artist and a gentleman. May god grant him and his family peace. 🙏🏽
— Abhishek 𝐁𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧 (@juniorbachchan) August 2, 2023
Riteish Deshmukh revealed the art director’s personality as soft-spoken and humble.
Deeply shocked to know that #NitinDesai, a legendary Production Designer who has contributed immensely to the growth of Indian cinema in no more. My heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.
I had known him for years.. soft spoken, humble, ambitious & a visionary… you… pic.twitter.com/Pgkz4Mx3K7
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) August 2, 2023
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar and Nitin Desai had worked on some notable movies together like Traffic Signal, Fashion, Jail and Indu Sarkar. He shared happy photos with the art director from their time spent on sets.
Just heard the devastating news about the passing of multiple National award-winner Art Director Nitin Desai. It’s hard to believe. Had the privilege of working with him on four remarkable films. #TrafficSignal, #fashion , #jail & #InduSarkar His immense talent and extrovert… pic.twitter.com/3vGKYekaA2
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) August 2, 2023
Director Vivek Agnihotri shared the late art director’s photo and shared that he was the one who guided him.
I am heartbroken and sad beyond control to learn about my dearest friend Nitin Desai’s death. A legendary Production designer, a visionary who made ND Studio… Nitin not only loved Pallavi and I, he always guided me even in films we didn’t do together. Why Nitin, why?
ॐ शांति। pic.twitter.com/k843azk3x9
— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) August 2, 2023
Nitin Desai’s demise leaves a void in the film industry. His exceptional talent and contributions to cinema will be missed. We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time. May his soul rest in peace.