I had a chance to meet him and work under him for a short sojourn, in Unnale Unnale, and I shall always remember those hours spent in the dubbing studio for the rip roaring time that I had. Even while speaking for Tanisha, I think we spent more time laughing and pulling everyone's legs than doing much work.
And once while I just started singing a song that was looping in my brain, while they were changing the reels, and I thought the mic was switched off, as it usually is, he had entered the console room, and the dubbing studio was such that I could not see who goes in and out of the console. The booth had the Mic and the TV, so that I could sync to the dialogues and yap away. When I finished humming, he just switched the talk back and said "very nice".
Unnale Unnale was one of the best times that I had dubbing and I shall always fondly remember it. I also wished that if ever I had a chance to make an album, he should wield the lens. Of course I never told him that. And now I never can.
I heard he passed away this morning while shooting for his movie Dhaam Dhoom in Russia.
To one of the directors who believed that I could speak for a lead female actor, and who gave me an oppurtunity to explore this facet. Thank You sir. I wish you hadn't taken leave so early.