India’s first Oscar winner, Bhanu Athaiya, who won the Best Costume Design Oscar in 1982 for her work in the film “Gandhi,” passed away in Mumbai on Thursday at the age of 91. Radhika Gupta, the veteran designer’s daughter, informed that Bhanu was detected with a brain tumor seven years back. For the last three years, she was bedridden due to a one-sided paralysis condition.
The legend’s last rituals took place in South Mumbai, at the chandanwadi crematorium. She will be remembered for her great work in the movie Gandhi where she managed to give the characters an authentic look. Bhanu herself has mentioned in her memoir, ‘The Art of Costume Design,’ that she was the only Indian amongst the department’s many heads in the movie.
Her other works include Bollywood hits like Kagaz Ke Phool, Pyaasa, Waqt, Arzoo, Amrapali, Guide, Raat aur Din, Suraj, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Mera Saaya, Abhinetri, Karz, 1942- A Love Story, and many more.