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

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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

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