Outfit creator Bhanu Athaiya, India’s first Oscar victor, kicked the bucket at her home on Thursday after delayed ailment, her little girl said. She was 91. Athaiya, who won an Oscar for her work in the 1983 film “Gandhi”, died calmly in her rest, her girl Radhika Gupta told PTI.
The last customs occurred at the Chandanwadi crematorium in South Mumbai. “She passed away early this morning. Eight years ago, she was diagnosed with a tumour in her brain. For the last three years, she was bedridden because one side (of her body) was paralysed,” her daughter said.
Athaiya, who was conceived in Kolhapur, started her profession as an outfit originator in Hindi film with Guru Dutt’s’ 1956 superhit “C.I.D.”.
She won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design in Richard Attenborough’s “Gandhi” alongside John Mollo. In 2012, Athaiya restored her Oscar to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for safety’s sake.
In a vocation traversing fifty years and more than 100 movies, she won two National Awards – for Gulzar’s’ riddle show “Lekin” (1990) and the period movie “Lagaan” coordinated by Ashutosh Gowariker (2001).
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