Adieu Nikhat Kazmi : A Film Critic Par Excellence


Nikhat Kazmi

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JANUARY 23 , 2012           11.15 P.M.
Renowned film critic of Times of India , Nikhat Kazmi died on January 20 , 2012 in Delhi . She was only 53 at the time of her death and was suffering from breast cancer .
Born in 1958 in Allahabad , Uttar Pradesh , she was associated with Times of India for almost 2 decades . Starting as reporter in 1987 , she then became special correspondent and finally she became Head of Sunday Times of India and then Delhi Times . She was one of the few film critics who started star – rating  trends . Despite her ill-health , she continued watching films and writing reviews till the end . Her last reviewed films were last week released ” Ghost ” and ” Sadda Adda “ .
Many luminaries of Hindi film world mourned her death through micro – blogging site  twitter :
Amitabh Bachchan
SrBachchanAmitabh Bachchan

T 629 – But before the tune a sad passing away of Nikhat Kazmi, film critic with TOI .. sincere, full of life, and never too harsh ..
Abhishek Bachchan
juniorbachchanAbhishek Bachchan

The 1st ever review I read of Refugee, my 1st film, was by Nikhat Kazmi. She always pointed out the road to improvement to me. RIP ma’am.
Neil Nitin Mukesh
NeilNMukeshNeil Nitin Mukesh

Nikhat kazmi ji the one person who has always encouraged me. Wrote so beautifully and one film critic I respected a lot !May her soul RIP 😦
Mahesh Bhatt
MaheshNBhattMahesh Bhatt

Nikhat Kazmi was generous! Having come to terms with mortality she made it a point to look for something good in every film she viewed.
Karan Johar
kjohar25Karan Johar

Was truly shocked to hear about the untimely death of nikhat kazmi…the TOI critic of several years…prayers and thoughts with her family.
She had written two books on cinema ; ” Ire in the Soul ” and ” The Dream Merchants ” . She had also written a play ” If Shakespeare Was A Gun ” .
She had been on the National Film Jury and the selection panel of the International Film Festival of India .

Nikhat Kazmi

I am pained to see many disparaging comments about her on the net . People have all the freedom to have a negative attitude about her writing . But I agree with Mr. Amitabh Bachchan , ” …… and never too harsh ……… “.
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