Gautam Adhikari, one of the founders of the oldest television production houses, Shri Adhikari Brothers, has passed away due to a heart attack.
The producer died in the wee hours of Friday. He was 67. Gautam is survived by wife Ranjana and two children – a son and a daughter. His last rites were performed in Vile Parle suburban area of Mumbai.
Raza Murad who knew and worked with him for 27 years while talking about him said, Gautam was a magician, “I feel like this is one my greatest losses. I knew him since 27 years I have lost count of the number of episodes we have worked together on for DD National and others. He wasn’t just a director he was a magician. He used to create such magic through the camera in his work. He was a great craftsman better yet I would like to say he was like an encyclopedia. I haven’t seen anyone else who was as knowledgeable as him.
He used to make one episode in one shift with great content. He was truly gifted. Yesterday I had spent time with him for 5 hours, who knew that this would happen today. I wish him best in the afterlife, may god help him rest in Peace.”
Shailesh Lodha who was also present at the last rites tradition said, “I was a part of his family since the first time I met him and worked with him. He was not just a great director he was a loving and caring human being. There is a lot I learned from him professionally and this isn’t just a personal loss but a big loss for the entire industry.”
Ramesh Bhatkar also expressed his condolences and said “Whatever I am today in the industry Hindi and Marathi it is because of Gautam. He was a very dear friend of mine, we used to work together but our friendship was something different. I can’t believe that he isn’t with us anymore. He created his own style, his work was a benchmark for others, and people now follow his techniques and his methods.
Gautam wore the director’s hat and helmed many serials in Marathi and Hindi, including Hello Inspector, Commandar, Marshall, Silsila and Waqt Ki Raftar etc. His name has also been listed in the Limca Books of Records 1999 for “directing maximum episodes”.