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I’ve lost a good friend: Madhuri Dixit-Nene on Gautam Rajadhyaksha's death

For actor Madhuri Dixit-Nene the news of ace photographer Gautam Rajadhyaksha passing away on Tuesday came as a rude shock.

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For actor Madhuri Dixit-Nene the news of ace photographer Gautam Rajadhyaksha passing away on Tuesday came as a rude shock.

“I still can’t believe he’s gone,” Madhuri told DNA from her home in Denver. “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.”

“I have lost a good friend,” said Madhuri, hoping that he went away peaceful and satisfied. “I do wish though that he could have inaugurated his photography school in Pune. That was his dream that he’d finally realised,” added the actor, who 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.”

Madhuri revealed that her first shoot was with Gautam and she was “merely a nervous newcomer. “I was about 17 when I walked in for my first shoot with Gautam.

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.”

“Shooting with him was always like a picnic,” said Madhuri, as she spoke about him getting her favourite food during  shoots. “He would get me kaande pohe and keep in mind what food I enjoyed.”

She revealed that he was also a talented singer. “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.”

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