Famous television producer-director Gautam Adhikari passed away in Mumbai on October 27, 201, of cardiac arrest. He was 67. Gautam Adhikari was the chairman and co-founder of Sri Adhikari Brothers Television Network Limited also known as SAB TV, along with his brother Markand Adhikari. The last rites of Gautam Adhikari were performed at Vile Parle in Mumbai. He is survived by wife Ranjana and two children.
The SAB group started in 1985 as a production house for Marathi content on TV and went on to have a bouquet of TV channels, including in Hindi. SAB TV was the first TV production house that went publicly. The company is into film production, distribution and also publishing.
Markand Adhikari’s wife Kanchan Adhikari revealed a portal, “Gautam was earlier unwell because of kidney transplant but had been doing quite alright lately. But he got a massive heart attack at 2.30 am and passed away.”
Several Television and film personalities offered condolences on the death of Gautam Adhikari.
Suresh Menon tweeted, “RIP Gautam Adhikari be at peace wherever you are Sir”
Nakuul Mehta tweeted, “One of the premier doyens of Indian Television passes away today. You shall be remembered, sir! #GautamAdhikari”
Siddharth posted, “He changed the TV industry purely on the basis of content. Who can forget Shriman Shrimati and SAB TV? RIP #GautamAdhikari”
MadhushreeMusic tweeted, “Sad demise ..My well wisher and good friend #gautamAdhikari of #adhikaribrothers RIP”
Jiten Lalwani tweeted, “Really feeling sad to hear about Gautam Adhikari ji’s sad demise. He was a brilliant director and very stylish too ! RIP Gautam Bhai”
Gouri Athanikar tweeted, “#GautamAdhikari sir you will be remembered always… U gave us the best channel… Wherever you are, may you find peace”
Aanand Goradiya tweeted, “RIP Mr. Gautam Adhikari. Will be remembered as the pioneer to boost the TV media with Dial 100 , commander n many more”