Oscar-winning costume designer Bhanu Athaiya dies, movie trade mourns loss

New Delhi: Costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, India’s first Oscar winner, died at her house on Thursday after a protracted sickness. She was 91. Bhanu Athaiya had gained an Oscar for her work within the 1983 movie ‘Gandhi’. Expressing her condolence over Bhanu Athaiya’s demise, designer Neeta Lulla stated that it an awesome loss to their trade.

She instructed Zee Information, “Bhanu Athaiya’s demise comes as an awesome loss to the costume trade.” She recalled her one assembly with the Oscar-winner and stated that it was a memorable one. 

“Bhanu Athaiya used to make easy issues precious together with her contact. She took the costume trade, particularly of India, to varied locations and to the Oscars. Her demise is a big loss for our trade,” Neeta Lulla added.

Sound designer Resul Pookutty, who gained an Oscar for Greatest Sound Mixing in Danny Boyle’s 2008 movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, stated, “India’s first Oscar winner #BhanuAthaiya is not any extra. You been a guiding mild, when no person even heard of the Oscars you gained it for us, you been an inspiration … Might your soul Relaxation In Peace… It is an enormous loss for me personally and The Academy.”

Producer Boney Kapoor additionally mourned the loss. “Bhanu Athiya was the First Indian to win an Oscar in 1983. Her achievements introduced glory to Indian cinema and Delight to the whole Nation. Was blessed to have her for our movie #Prem. She is going to at all times be an inspiration to all costume designers n stylists. #RIPBhanuAthiya,” he tweeted.

Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha shared: “Relaxation in Energy Bhanu. It was a privilege working with you.”

Other than the Oscar, Bhanu Athaiya additionally gained a BAFTA Award for Greatest Costume Design for the ‘Gandhi’. She can also be a two-time Nationwide Award winner for costume designing in ‘Lekin’ (1991) and ‘Lagaan’ (2001).

 Her final rites came about on the Chandanwadi crematorium in Mumbai on Thursday.

Bhanu Athaiya started her profession as a fancy dress designer in Hindi cinema with Guru Dutt’s 1956 superhit ‘C.I.D’, and went on to work in over 100 movies.

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