Oscar 2024: Late art director Nitin Desai honored during Academy Awards In Memoriam segment: Bollywood News

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The Oscars In Memoriam segment on Sunday night, March 10 (Monday morning for India), paid tribute to a talent who left an indelible mark on the world of cinema at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Among the luminaries remembered, Indian art director and producer Nitin Desai was honored alongside icons such as Tina Turner and Matthew Perry. Desai's passing away, at the age of 57, was a tragic loss for the film industry as he had contributed significantly to some of Bollywood's most memorable works.

Oscar 2024 Nitin Desai, late art director, honored during the In Memoriam segment of the Academy AwardsOscar 2024 Nitin Desai, late art director, honored during the In Memoriam segment of the Academy Awards

Oscar 2024: Nitin Desai, late art director, honored during the In Memoriam segment of the Academy Awards

Nitin Desai had won four national awards for best art direction. He was best known for his fruitful collaboration with director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, during which he created stunning sets that became an integral part of the visual storytelling of films such as Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Bajirao Mastani. Beyond his association with Bhansali, Desai lent his creative vision to a wide range of filmmakers, including Rajkumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Ashutosh Gowariker.

His extensive filmography includes credits in beloved films such as Once Upon a Time in Mumbai, Dostana, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Munna Bhai MBBS, Mission Kashmir, Josh, and Pyaar to Hona Hi Tha. Desai's last film effort was the 2019 epic war drama. panipatdirected by Ashutosh Gowariker.

In August 2023, art director Nitin Desai allegedly committed suicide at ND Studio in Karjat. The 57-year-old artist had been facing financial problems, struggling to repay a staggering loan of Rs 252 million, prompting a bankruptcy court to admit an insolvency petition against his company, ND's Art World Pvt Ltd, according to a report. from PTI.

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