Filmmaker Nishikant Kamat in demand as an actor


7 Apr 2011
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After Farhan Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap and Tigmanshu Dhulia, it’s the acclaimed filmmaker Nishikant Kamath who’s being recognized as an actor of substance.

Praise for his performance in 404 as a psychologist, who turns into mental wreck in the course of the film has taken Kamat by surprise. “I had no reference points for the film. Although the director Prawaal Raman is a dear friend and we worked together on my character I had no way of knowing whether I was doing the character right. I could’ve easily ended up hamming in the key dramatic scenes. The fact that I managed to walk the tightrope is gratifying to me. As a filmmaker I can tell when I’m going wrong,” he tells

Kamat is not new to acting in films. Six years ago, he had acted in an Indo-French production called Hawaa Aane De. “No one in India saw the film and I don’t think I was good in it. I think I’ve managed to give the required performance in 404,” Kamat says.Before plunging into the part Kamat read up as much as he could on the Bipolar disorder. “But I refused to meet people who suffer from it. I didn’t want my interpretation to look academic. I’ve two friends who are mildly Bi-polar and while researching for 404, I discovered I had the symptoms too. Bipolar disorder is a prevalent mental state that remains harmless and dormant unless it turns acute,” Kamat adds.
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