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Bhanu Athaiya, India’s First Oscar, Passes Away | India News


Bhanu Rajopadhye Athaiya, a costume design colossus who became India’s first Oscar winner for her work on Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi (1982), and whose chic couture on blockbusters such as Waqt (1965) made her shine fashion trends, passed away in Mumbai on Thursday. She was 91 years old.
His daughter Radhika Gupta told TOI by phone that Athayiya died in her sleep. “In 2012, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She had been bedridden since 2016 when her right side became paralyzed, ”she said. She was cremated in Chandanwadi in South Mumbai.
In the foreword to her autobiography, The Art of Costume Design (2010), Attenborough described her as “the revered dean of costume designers.” It took me “17 long years to put together Gandhi, the movie of my dreams” and only 15 minutes to decide that Bhanu Athaiya was the right person (for the job), ”he wrote.
The Kolhapur-born costume designer’s career, spanning 56 years and over 100 films, reads like a catalog of Bollywood’s biggest and best: Shri 420, Sahib Biwi aur Ghulam, Sangam, Guide, Waqt, Ek Duuje Ke Liye, Nikaah, Lagaan.
“According to Yashji (Yash Chopra), the girls in Delhi bought movie tickets for their tailors so they could see the designs and reproduce them,” Athaiya wrote, she was married to film lyricist Satyendra (Anhonee, Naubahar, Radha Krishna), who passed away in 2004.

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