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Nitin Desai, award winning art director, found dead in his studio at Karjat; Suicide suspected

According to various media reports, the police have not yet shared more details about the cause of his death, but initial reports suggest that he died by suicide.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Mumbai: Veteran Art director Nitin Desai was found dead at his ND studio in Karjat. According to various media reports, the police have not yet shared more details about the cause of his death, but initial reports suggest that he died by suicide. Police has reached the spot for further investigation. Desai was a four-time National Award winner for Best Art Direction.

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He has been credited with designing lavish sets for some of the blockbuster films including ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, ‘Devdas’, ‘Jodha Akbar’, ‘Lagaan’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani’. In his career spanning over two decades, Desai worked with many veteran filmmakers including Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Ashutosh Gowariker, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani and others.

It was 2005 when he opened his ambitious ND Studio in Karjat, on the outskirts of Mumbai. Spread over 52 acres, the studio has been home to several film sets, the most prominent being ‘Jodhaa Akbar’. Not only movies but several seasons of the reality show ‘Bigg Boss’ were also hosted inside ND Studio.

After working as an art director and production designer for several years, Desai tried his hand at directing and producing films. In 2003, he became a film producer with the film ‘Desh Devi Maa Ashapura’. In the coming years, he produced TV series, and his Marathi serial ‘Raja Shivchhatrapati’ was a blockbuster among the regional masses.

He is also credited with producing ‘Balagandharva’, a 2011 biopic based on the life of one of the most popular Marathi singers and stage actor Shripad Rajhans. He did some films like ‘Hello Jai Hind!’ (2011) and also directed ‘Ajintha’ (2012).

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