INDUSTRY MOURNS THE DEMISE OF GAUTAM ADHIKARI
SAB Television Network Chairman and whole-time director Gautam Adhikari passed away at his residence in Mumbai on October 27, 2017, following a massive heart attack. A condolence meet held on October 30 saw a huge turnout of his industry peers, family an
Gautam Adhikari, Chairman and whole-time director of the SAB Television Network, breathed his last at his residence in Mumbai on Friday, October 27, 2017 after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 67 and leaves behind his wife and two children.
Gautam Adhikari, along with his brother Markand Adhikari, had started Sri Adhikari Brothers (SAB) Group in 1985. The company initially produced serials in Marathi, but soon ventured into the film distribution and production business. Adhikari has to his credit many films and serials that he has directed in his career. He is also considered as one of the pioneers of the Marathi TV industry.
In 1995, the SAB Group became the first publicly-listed Television production company in India.
Later, Gautam Adhikari co-founded SAB TV, the country’s first Hindi comedy channel, but sold it to Sony Entertainment Television (now Sony Pictures Networks). The late Adhikari’s creative vision continues to guide the SAB Group.
A condolence prayer meeting held in Mumbai on October 30, 2017, saw a massive turnout. Among those who paid their last respects to Gautam Adhikari were Raj Nayak of Viacom18, Shashi Sinha of IPG Mediabrands,
NP Singh of Sony Pictures Networks, Annurag Batra of BusinessWorld and Nawal Ahuja of exchange4media, actors Rakesh Roshan, Jeetendra, Raza Murad, Shailesh Lodha among others.
Gautam Adhikari was not just a personality,
but an institution in himself. I have not seen any director who knew the camera so well that he could flirt with it. If I compare him with Alfred Hitchcock, I won’t be wrong. If there were 26 shots in a scene, he would have the angles of each shot etched in his mind. He never did any writing work for his scenes. With one camera set-up, in one shift, he could make an entire episode, that too
with amazing quality -- it was just remarkable. He was a genius. His work is an inspiration for forthcoming
generations. RAZA MURAD, Actor
Gautam Adhikari, a person coming from a small town, became the toast of Juhu and set up the famous Sri Adhikari
Brothers. His life is a story of self-confidence,
determination, commitment and living life on his own terms. He was a person who
smiled through his struggles and created his own milestones. His work was his passion. These days, with 3-4 TRPs, we start smiling, he made shows with 30-35 TRPs back then. Whatever is said about his great acumen would
not be good enough testimony for his brilliant
work. SHAILESH LODHA, Actor