Nikhat Kazmi died on Jan 20 2012 due to cancer she was just 53 and belonged to Allahabad.
Arguably, India's best known film critic, Nikhat Kazmi was the Deputy Resident Editor and the Film Critic of The Times of India . She was with The Times of India since 1987 and since then has been writing a weekly column on foreign and Indian films, considered to be the final word in the field of ratings and reviews.Her illness did not keep her away from catching up on movies -- she used to come in a wheelchair to watch them and write her reviews
Nikhat rose from reporter and special correspondent to head of The Sunday Times of India (STOI), Delhi Times and more recently the Newspaper In Education edition of TOI, her versatility as writer and editorial leader was always admired..
She had written two books on cinema, 'Ire in the Soul', published by UBS and 'The Dream Merchants' published by Harper Collins. She also spearheaded compilations like the Times Guide to Hollywood Blockbusters and Times Movie Guide (2007).
Nikhat Kazmi had also written a play called If Shakespeare was a gun.
She had been on the National Film Jury and the selection panel of the International Film Festival of India.