Mumbai: Ace lensman Gautam Rajadhyaksha’s sudden death has sent shock waves amongst the industry people. The popular photographer had worked with almost all the leading stars. Actress Madhuri Dixit-Nene expressed shock on hearing the news of his demise.
Speaking to DNA from her home in Denver, Madhuri said, “I still can’t believe he’s gone. He was like family. In fact, he considered Kajol and me daughters. When I got married, he said that his daughter’s going away now. He even visited me when I had children and he would call them his grandkids,” said the actress.
Madhuri hoped that he didn’t have to suffer too much in the end and said, “I have lost a good friend. I do wish though that he could have inaugurated his photography school in Pune. That was his dream that he’d finally realised.”
The actress was a personal favourite of the photographer. “That’s what he always told me, but in fact, he was the one who was a fave with everyone,” said Madhuri.
Madhuri revealed that she first shot with Gautam when she 17. “I was so insecure and unsure about make-up, the looks and all, but he was such a gentleman and put me at ease saying that I didn’t need makeup at all. Then there was no looking back. I did so much work with him after that,” shared Madhuri.
“He was a beautiful photographer and wise, warm, generous, kind-hearted and giving in spirit as a person. He saw beauty in everything and his portraits were simply stunning.”
Madhuri revealed that how Gautam used to treat her to sumptuous Maharshtrian meals at his place. “Shooting with him was always like a picnic. He would get me kaande pohe and keep in mind what food I enjoyed.”
Gautam was also a gifted singer, Madhuri said. “He was extremely well-versed in classical music and would sing beautifully. In fact, we would always have Latatai’s or Ashatai’s songs playing in the background during shoots. Once when I told him that I too loved their songs, he gifted me an entire collection of their songs that he recorded especially for me. I still cherish those cassettes,” she said.
“It’s hard to put in words the loss I feel, but I have lost a true friend and nothing can compensate his absence. I just hope that he’s in a happy place. Miss you, Gautam.”