‘He gave us a place in the in­dus­try’

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I can­not be­lieve Gau­tam Adhikari is gone. About 24 years ago, I called him and asked for a meet­ing. I was poor, un­known and with­out rec­om­men­da­tion. He asked me why I wanted to meet him. I said Sir, I would like to give you a copy of my book ‘Novem­ber Rain’. Im­me­di­ately, he asked me to meet him, took the book and asked me what it was about. He promised to read it, and I thought that was it.

Within a week, two calls came. One was from his of­fice, ask­ing me and my wife Mri­nal to go and meet Jee­tendra’s daugh­ter Ekta, who was planning to start a pro­duc­tion com­pany. And the other was to ask us to send sto­ries for Gau­tam Sir’s hit show, Com­man­der.

Gau­tam Adhikari ac­tu­ally read our book and gave us a place in the in­dus­try. Mri­nal has now writ­ten more drama episodes than any other writer in In­dia. A lot of her hits have been with Ekta - start­ing with In­dia’s first su­per­nat­u­ral show ‘Maano Ya Na Maano’, and Adhikari was the vi­sion­ary who paired them.

He backed a very in­no­va­tive story of ours for Com­man­der - and that helped us al­ways stick to our guns later when any­one ob­jected to our new ideas.

He was al­ready fa­mous and ex­tremely busy. He didn’t need to meet a new aspir­ing writer with no cre­den­tials. But he did make time. He did more than that - he pro­vided op­por­tu­ni­ties for us to make our mark.

I can never re­pay his debt. Now, Mri­nal and I try to help oth­ers in ex­actly the same way. I have lost two peo­ple this Oc­to­ber who lis­tened to me and Mri­nal when we had noth­ing go­ing for us and gave us our first as­sign­ments - Kun­dan Shah and Gau­tam Adhikari - all I can say is: Thank you, Sirs! May you al­ways shine on!

ABHIGYAN JHA Un­der­cover Pro­duc­tions Ltd

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