Monday, May 13, 2013

Jagdish Mali\'s lens made magic with many Bollywood faces

May 14, 2013,Mumbai:-

Mali, a resident of Versova, was admitted to the hospital at least eight times in the past 15 yearEminent photographer Jagdish Mali, 62, passed away on Monday at a hospital in Vile Parle where he was admitted after he suffered a fall at his residence.

Doctors said Mali died due to multiple organ failure which was triggered by his malfunctioning liver condition. "He was suffering from liver cirrhosis for the past 15 years. However, he had no history of consuming alcohol. He led a disciplined lifestyle and survived for long with an infected liver," said Dr Ashok Hatolkar, medical superintendent and COO of Dr Balabhai Nanavati Hospital.

Mali, a resident of Versova, was admitted to the hospital at least eight times in the past 15 years. He breathed his last as his liver, kidney and brain stopped functioning. Mali's loved ones were present with him throughout his stay in the hospital.

On April 30, he had a fall and fractured his hip bone. "On May 1, he was admitted to the hospital, but we could not operate on him as he had high levels of diabetes and blood pressure apart from a weak liver," said Hatolkar.

Photographer and writer Pradeep Chandra, Mali's contemporary, said he mourned the passing of a "exceptionally talented glamour photographer". Chandra, who knew Mali since the 1980s, when he was with Cineblitz, said, "He gave me his favourite photograph of Amitabh Bachchan for my book on the actor. I was in the US when I read news reports about him earlier this year. I called him a month later only to find out that he was shooting in Goa. That was the last conversation I had with him," said Chandra.

Earlier this year, newspapers had reported that Mali had been found in suburban Mumbai in a disoriented state. The photographer's daughter and actor Antara Mali later rubbished the reports.

Mukesh Parpiani, head of photography department at the National Centre for Performing Arts, said, "Jagdishbhai was the doyen of the film industry's photography world. He was the most celebrated amongst the celebrated photographers. He is credited to have made careers of many film personalities because of the photographs he took of them."

Parpiani remembered Mali as very helpful made the careers of film stars and photographers alike by helping them build their portfolios. "In Cineblitz, his work would be on the cover page all the time. Personally, I have admired his work on Rekha. If there is one thing I would remember him for, it is the 10 years during which he photographed her. When Rekha's collection of pictures would be lined up, Jagdishbhai's photograph would be in the front as his would be the best," said Parpiani.

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