Indian film industry's renowned photographer Gautam Rajadhyaksha passed away on early Tuesday morning due to a massive heart attack. He was 61.
Deeply loved and respected by the film industry, the photographer had photographed all the famous celebrities ranging from Shabana Azmi to Aishwarya Rai.
He was most known for shooting iconic movie stills for Bollywood blockbusters like Hum Aapke Hain Koun(1994), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Ishq (1997), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001).
The funeral of Rajadhyaksha, cousin of popular columnist and writer Shobhaa De, will be held this evening. "Gautam's soft-focus photography style was unique and his artistic personality was unmatched," Shobhaa De said, adding, "It was a privilege for people to get photographed by him."
"He mentored several budding photographers. There will be only one Gautam," she said.
As the news of his death spread, Bollywood took to twitter to remember and mourn the artist.
Gautam rajadhyaksha was one my most favourite people in the fraternity...funny,sensitive and always positive..I love you gautam and I miss u…When I was hugely overweight...gautam told me.."Darling...not that it makes a difference but try to give me your left profile...it may help!…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!
The 1st time I ever did a professional photoshoot 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.
Saddened by the news of the demise of legendary ace photographer Gautam rajadhyakshya…He made us timeless with his talent..we will miss u
Neil Nitin Mukesh
Heard of the sad demise of ace photographer Gautam Rajyadaksh.My first ever portfolio was shot by him. Asha bhosle ji had sent me to him!RIP
Have fond memories of working with him. He truly was a great man. And a great artist.
Gautam Rajadhyaksha gave me a script and a script outline some time back. He wont be around to see the films being made.
Rest in peace Gautam. You made everything look so beautiful. "All this and heaven too!"
Rest in peace Gautam Rajadhyaksha - every photographer aspired to be him n every face wanted to b captured by him- will miss you.
My darling Gautam Rajadhyaksha no more. Saddened beynd belief.Farewell confidante-cousin.Thank u 4 your generous love nd soft focus memories.(sic)
(With inputs from PTI)