Gautam Rajadhyaksha passes away News
Aishwarya Rai remembers Gautam Rajadhyaksha
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was among the lucky stars to have been photographed by ace fashion photographer Gautam Rajadhyaksha, who passed away on September 13 due to cardiac arrest. The former Miss World and actor remembers him as a loving and special person. She said in a statement, “Saddened by this news…he was such a loving, special person. Deep condolences to his family and may his soul rest in peace and he will be missed!” Sure enough. Gautam had listed Aishwarya as one of his favourite muses along with the likes of Nutan, Hema Malini, Lata Mangeshkar, Madhuri Dixit and Lisa Ray.
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Rauf Ahmed, former editor of Filmfare, remembers Gautam Rajadhyaksha
The ace photographer brought in a new dimension to how celebrity portraits were shot
Gautam Rajadhyaksha, Bollywood’s most celebrated photographer, passed away after a massive heart attack in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday, September 13. Rauf Ahmed, former editor of magazines like Filmfare, Zee Premiere, Screen, etc, was one of the photographer’s closest associates and among the first to recognise his talent. Rauf says, “When I took over as the editor of Filmfare in 1986, it was a very old-fashioned magazine and I revived it. Gautam had a very important role in this. He brought in a pictorial quality very rare in film magazines. Earlier, there was more focus to show the person’s achievement rather than how the picture was.” Click here to read more
Star photographer Gautam Rajadhyaksha passed away this morning
Gautam Rajadhyaksha passed away Tuesday morning at 4am due to a major heart attack. The 61-year-old fashion photographer had worked with the creme de la creme of the Indian film industry. Celebrities have expressed their sorrow on Twitter. Karan Johar was the first one to tweet the news of his sudden demise. KJo tweeted, “Gautam Rajadhyaksha was one my most favourite people in the fraternity…funny,sensitive and always positive..I love you gautam and I miss u. A deep sense of loss…we lost the one man who captured every movie star with his lens and his heart…RIP Gautam…you will remain forever!” Abhishek Bachchan remembers the photographer in his tweet, “The 1st time I ever did a professional photoshoot was in front of the lens of the great Gautam Rajayadaksha. He was a pioneer in glamour…Photography and possibly one of the sweetest and most gentle people you would ever meet. Rest in peace Gautam, you will be greatly missed.” Atul Kasbekar who considered him his guru tweeted his condolences, “My Guru n Mentor, Gautam Rajadhyaksha passed away this morning. My principal influence n a truly wonderful, gentle, kind n talented man”. Gautam was the cousin of former model and author Shobhaa De. “My darling Gautam Rajadhyaksha no more. Saddened beyond belief. Farewell confidante-cousin.Thank u 4 your generous love nd soft focus memories.” He got the first break as a portraitist by shooting pictures of Shabana Azmi.
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Life and work of Gautam Rajadhyaksha
The man behind the brilliant composition of many pictures, Gautam Rajadhyaksha passed away this morning. He started his career with the photo services department of Lintas India Ltd. He continued his passion for photography as and when time permitted. In the early 1980, Gautam got his big break in showbiz when he took portfolio shots of Shabana Azmi (classmate), Tina Munim and Jackie Shroff. Post 1987, Gautam took up commercial photography as a full-time profession. He was termed as a fashion photographer after his cousin, noted model and writer Shobhaa De invited him to capture celebrity portraits for her magazine, Celebrity. He simultaneously took photographs for other popular magazines like Stardust, Cine Blitz and Filmfare. Gautam is said to be the one who discovered Tina Munim, Salman Khan and model Sheetal Mallar. In 1997, Gautam released a coffee table book with portraits of about 45 popular celebrities from Durga Khote to Aishwarya Rai and called the book Faces. He received critical acclaim for his work in the field of Indian photography. Besides being a photographer, Gautam also ventured into writing screenplay for films. His first screenplay for the film Bekhudi was the launch pad for Kajol and his second film was the critically acclaimed Anjaam starring Madhuri Dixit and Shahrukh Khan.
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Gautam Rajadhyaksha was a skillful writer as well: Sanjay Surkar, Marathi film director
Gautam Rajadhyaksha was an all-rounder, best known for his photography. But he was a good writer as well – his story for a Marathi movie, Sakhi, directed by Marathi director Sanjay Surkar, is still greatly appreciated. Sanjay says, “Gautam was a very close friend; we knew each other right from the beginning of my career. He was the best photographer, but he also had the skill to write stories for dramas and movies. His innocence was simply amazing. And that has reflected in his story of Sakhi. There was softness in his personality. When we went to his house, we always felt like we were in some other universe. His entire home is full of his photographs. Gautam had a positive energy in him, and he was always hoping for one more film to write.”
Actor Sonali Kulkarni played the lead role in Sakhi. She remembered how Gautam gave her a lot of confidence and self respect from the start of their friendship. “I knew Gautam since my first photoshoot in 1998. Apart from being the best photographer, he was very fond of Indian classical music and Marathi literature. He loved each and every art form. With Sakhi, he never forced his ‘writer’ attitude on us while on the sets of the movie. His passing away is a huge loss to the Marathi and Hindi film industries.”Click here to read more