Sab TV co-owner Gautam Adhikari dead, he was 67
Leading television producer, Gautam Adhikari, who is considered as one of the pioneers of the Marathi TV industry, passed away at his residence here today after a brief illness, his family sources said. He was 67. Gautam is survived by wife Ranjana and two children.
The last rites will be performed at 11 am in Vile Parle suburban area of Mumbai.
Gautam and his brother Markand started a company-- Sri Adhikari Brothers (SAB) Group - in 1985 as a small family owned partnership firm. It went on to become the first publicly-listed television production company in India when it was listed on the BSE in 1995. The company initially produced serials in Marathi, but soon ventured into film distribution & production business.
It is a leading Indian M&E conglomerate with interests in broadcast, films, content production and publishing. The group also established SAB channel, which runs Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah among other popular shows.
Gautam Adhikari, who was a diploma holder in commercial art, had directed several films and serials. His name was listed in the Limca Books of Records 1999 for “directing maximum episodes”.