Noted film critic Nikhat Kazmi passes away

Bollywood celebs are tweeting or Facebooking about Nikhat since morning, expressing sadness on her demise

Renowned Bollywood film critic, journalist and author Nikhat Kazmi passed away this morning. She was suffering from cancer. The last few films Nikhat reviewed were Sadda Adda, Chaalis Chauraasi, Ghost and Hollywood flick Blitz. Nikhat wrote for The Times of India and also had a blog called Pulp Friction on their website. She has also written three books on Bollywood – Ire in the Soul: Bollywood’s Angry Years (1996), The Dream Merchants of Bollywood (1998), Times Guide to Hollywood Blockbusters and Times Movie Guide (2007). She had also written a play called If Shakespeare was a gun.

Bollywood celebs are tweeting about Nikhat since morning, expressing sadness on her demise. Others on Twitter are wondering how she happened to die on a Friday, the day when most films release in India. Read on:

Akshay Kumar

Tragic news. Extremely sad to know about the demise of Nikhat Kazmi, one of the most persistent film critics. Am sure wherever you are, it’ll be a 5 star rating, RIP. May God give strength to your loved ones.

Mahesh 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.

Sonam Kapoor

RIP nikhat kazmi. What sad news to hear first thing in the morning.

Abhishek 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.

Bipasha Basu

Life is so unpredictable.RIP Nikhat Kazmi.

Neil 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 🙁

Karan 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.

Madhur Bhandarkar

The country lost one of the finest Film Critics today. RIP Nikhat Kazmi, may god give strength to your loved one!

Taran Adarsh

Deeply saddened by the news of Times of India movie critic Nikhat Kazmi’s demise. RIP.

Omar Qureshi

Tragic news. All of Times Group mourns 4 Nikhat Kazmi,renowned TOI movie reviewer,who passed away. RIP Nikhat in that big cinema in the sky.

Jay Hind

If there was no Nikhat Kazmi, Bollywood would have invented one.