Oscar-winning costume designer Bhanu Athaiya passes away

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |

October 15, 2020 5:57:31 pm

Bhanu AthaiyaBhanu Athaiya was 91. (Express archive Photo)

Costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, who became the first Indian to win an Oscar, passed away on Thursday. She died of prolonged illness, her daughter told PTI.

Athaiya won the Best Costume Design Oscar for her work in the 1982 film Gandhi.

Bhanu Athaiya also designed costumes for Bollywood films like C.I.D, Pyaasa, Kagaz Ke Phool, Waqt, Arzoo, Amrapali, Suraj, Anita, Milan, Raat Aur Din, Shikar, Guide, Teesri Manzil, Mera Saaya, Inteqam, Abhinetri, Johny Mera Naam, Geeta Mera Naam, Abdullah, Karz, Ek Duuje Ke Liye, Razia Sultan, Nikaah, Agneepath (1990), Ajooba and 1942 – A Love Story among others.

She managed to give the characters in British director Richard Attenborough’s Mahatma Gandhi biopic an authentic look. In her memoir The Art Of Costume Design, Bhanu mentioned how she was the only Indian working on the project in which all the heads of the department like the director, scriptwriter, cameraman, production and set designer came from England.

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