India First Oscar Winner Costume Designer Bhanu Athaiya Dies


Costume designer and India's first Oscar winner Bhanu Athaiya passed away today. Athaiya, 91, had been ill for a long time and today she breathed her last at a house in Colaba, Mumbai.

Bhanu Athaiya was the first Indian personality to be awarded the Oscar Award at the international level. As a costume designer for 'Gandhi', he shared the Oscar Award for Best Costume Designer with John Molo. The film was awarded a total of eight Oscar Awards. Richard Antenborough's world-famous film 'Gandhi' was released in 1982.

Bhanu Athaiya's daughter Radhika Gupta confirmed to her mother's death from ABP News, "The mother had a brain tumor in 2012, but she refused to undergo surgery for her illness at that time. So in 2015 She became paralyzed and was not in a condition to walk since then. The mother died this morning when she was asleep. There was a kind of peace on her face when she died. " His funeral was also done at the Chandanwadi crematorium this afternoon.

If we talk about Hindi films, Bhanu Athaiya's last films were 'Lagaan' released in 2001 and 'Swadesh' released in 2004. Both these films were directed by noted director Ashutosh Gowariker. Nearly 10 years later, he designed a costume for the Marathi film 'Citizen', which was his last film.

Significantly, Bhanu Athaiya started his film career with the 1956 film 'CID', directed by costume designer Guru Dutt. After this, he also designed costume for Guru Dutt's 'Pyaasa', 'Chaudhvi Ka Chand' and 'Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam'.

Apart from Guru Dutt, he worked with most of the eminent filmmakers of his time, including Yash Chopra, BR Chopra, Vijay Anand among many others. He was also awarded the National Award as the first costume designer in 1991 and 2002.
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