Senior film critic Nikhat Kazmi died here early Friday morning after battling breast cancer. She was 53. The end came at 8.30 a.m. at a hospital here. She is survived by her son Rehaan, 26.
Kazmi had been writing for The Times of India for over two decades, and her reviews of Sadda Adda, Chaalis Chaurasi, Ghost and Hollywood film Blitz had appeared just last week.
Her illness did not keep her away from catching up on movies -- she used to come in a wheelchair to watch them, and continued to give her feedback to her readers.
The Hindi film industry was in mourning for the writer, whose reviews made a difference to many lives. Actors, filmmakers and critics took to Twitter to share how her feedback always helped them fall in place.
Here's what the film fraternity had to say:
Was truly shocked to hear about the untimely death of nikhat kazmi...the TOI critic of several years...prayers and thoughts with her family.
Life is so unpredictable.RIP Nikhat Kazmi.
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.
RIP nikhat kazmi. What sad news to hear first thing in the morning.
The country lost one of the finest Film Critics today. RIP Nikhat Kazmi, may god give strength to your loved one!
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.
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 :(
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.
Nikhat Kazmi ka nidhan ek Dukhdaayee Khabar hai, pahle hi film Vishleshak kam hain, God Bless the departed soul, Prayers for family
Sad to hear about the demise of Nikhat Kazmi film critique of the Times of India
Sad to know abt Nikhat Kazmi's demise.A grt film critic whom the film Industry respected for her reviews.May her soul rest in peace.
Tragic news. All of Times Group mourns for Nikhat Kazmi, renowned TOI movie reviewer, who passed away. RIP Nikhat in that big cinema in the sky.
Deeply saddened by the news of Times of India movie critic Nikhat Kazmi's demise. RIP.
Shocked at the news of Times of India Movie Critic Nikhat Kazmi's demise - RIP.