Mumbai: Gautam Rajadhyaksha was a celebrated lensman. One of the most popular portraitist in the country, he had shot with almost all the leading stars of Bollywood.
Apart from being a celebrated photographer, Gautam was a writer and had written the screenplay of two films, Kajol’s debut film ‘Bekhudi’ and Madhuri Dixit-SRK starrer ‘Anjaam’.
He had also hosted a few talk shows and was the editor of a Marathi film magazine.
Shobha De’s cousin, Guatam started his career in a leading advertising agency and had a successful stint in it as an adman.
Bollywood celebrities expressed their condolences on his death on Twitter:
Amitabh Bachchan: Gautam ! You have left behind a legacy that shall keep you in our hearts forever .. pictures that you took shall be with us always !
Shobha De: My darling Gautam Rajadhyaksha no more.Saddened beynd belief.Farewell confidante-cousin.Thank u 4 your generous love nd soft focus memories.
Shekhar Kapur: Original portrait photographer 2 d stars n freshest faces, India`s best Opera collection, Maharashtrian culture n food RIP G Rajyadhaksha
Javed Akhtar: Gautam was my friend from 70s.all childhood pictures of Zoya and Farhan in our albums are by him.he was like family to us .He is gone.
Pritish Nandy: Gautam Rajadhyaksha was a friend. He did some of the best pictures for the Weekly. And I shall miss him. RIP
Juhi Chawla: Got the shocking news that gautam passed away !!! But was even more surprised he was in mumbai .. I thought he d shifted to kunnoor ... I d known he stays in town ... Would ve met up with him ..his home is close by ..one more cruel reminder .. Don`t wait ..
Sanjay Suri: Shocked to hear about Gautam Rajadhakshya. An Artiste whose photographic art will live forever.
Madhur Bhandarkar: Shocked 2 hear abt d demise of best portraitist photogpher Gautam Rajadhyaksha. He was a great human being & will b missed always. RIP!
Abhishek Bachchan: 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.
Boman Irani: Rest in peace Gautam. You made everything look so beautiful. "All this and heaven too!"
Atul Kasbekar: I had admired GR`s work in mags n dialled every Rajadhyaksha in d phone book till I spoke wt him. The time he spent wt me changed my life
Farhan Akhtar: Rest in Peace, Gautam. Will miss you and remember you with fondest memories.
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