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Gautam Rajadhyaksha dies at 61

September 13, 2011 05:32:59 PM IST
Sreya Basu, IBNS, Glamsham Editorial
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Bollywood's ace photographer Gautam Rajadhyaksha died of a massive heart attack at his residence in Mumbai today. He was 61. Family sources said he breathed his last at 4 am.

Rajadhyaksha's funeral will be held at 5pm today at Chandanwadi in Mumbai, said his cousin and writer Shobhaa De.

Born on Sept 16, 1950, Rajadhyaksha was one of India's best known celebrity portraitist, having photographed almost all the icons of the Indian film industry.

Celebs morn Gautam Rajadhyaksha on the social networking site:

Amitabh Bachchan (actor): Gautam Rajadhyaksha the most gentlest of humans, and one of the finest photographers in the Industry, a friend, family favorite...RIP. -Too shocked to learn of Gautam ! We were talking about him just the other day. Many of his pictures adorn our house and our books... -Gautam! You have left behind a legacy that shall keep you in our hearts forever... pictures that you took shall be with us always!

Javed Akhtar (lyricist): Gautam was my friend from 70s. All childhood pictures of Zoya and Farhan in our albums are by him. He was like family to us. He is gone.

Abhishek Bachchan (actor): The 1st time I ever did a professional photo shoot was in front of the lens of the great Gautam Rajyadaksh. 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.

Lata Mangeshkar (singer): hum sabke priya mitra, bahot bade photographer, acche gayak, acche lekhak, aur bahot hi acche insan gautam rajadhyaksha ji ka aaj subha dehaant hua, humare liye ye bahot dukh ki baat hai, mujhe kadam kadam pe ek acche insan ki yaad aati rahegi, main ishwar se prartana karti hun ki ishwar unki aatma ko shanti de.... (Our dear friend, successful photographer, good singer and writer, and a great person Gautam Rajadhyaksha passed away this morning. I will remember him every step of the way... and pray God grants his soul peace.)

Shreya Ghosal (singer): Just heard about the sudden demise of Gautam Rajadhyaksha ji. Rest in peace.

Karan Johar (filmmaker): Gautam rajadhyaksha was one my most favourite people in the fraternity...funny, sensitive and always positive..I love you gautam and I miss u

Shobhaa De (columnist, author): My darling Gautam Rajadhyaksha no more. Saddened beynd belief. Farewell confidante-cousin. Thank u 4 your generous love nd soft focus memories.


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