MUMBAI: Director of the National Film Archives of India (NFAI), Vijay H. Jadhav, expired after he suffered a massive heart attack.
Soon after he complained of uneasiness and breathing problems, he was rushed to the Sahyadri Hospital where he expired.
Jadhav is survived by his wife and two daughters.
From the 1995 batch of Indian Information Service, Jadhav, a chemical engineer, served with the Press Information Bureau in Pune, where he was the director.
Later, he did a stint with the Mumbai Doordarshan as news editor and as defence public relations officer in Pune. He was transferred as the National Film Archives of India in April 2008 as director and was based in Pune since then.
Jadhav was an accomplished tabla player, having trained under Ustad Allahrakha.
In a condolence message, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said, "I had the opportunity to observe Jadhav‘s work during our discussions on setting up of National Film Heritage Mission.
" His professionalism remained unmatched and committed to the tasks assigned to him from time to time. I was deeply impressed with his innovative ideas and his ability to lead from the front. The untimely death of Jadhav had left a void in the Ministry that would be very difficult to fill."