new Delhi: Veteran costume designer Bhanu Athaiya died on Thursday (15 October). She was 91 years old. Athaiya, who acted in more than 100 films, was the first Indian to win the prestigious Oscar award. He won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for the film ‘Gandhi’ in 1983.
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Athaiya’s daughter Radhika Gupta spoke exclusively to ABP News, stating that her mother died of age-related illness at her home in Colaba. “My mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2012, but refused to undergo surgery to remove it. She suffered paralysis in 2015 and has not been able to walk since then. She died while sleeping in the morning done.” Radhika said that at the time of her death she had a sense of calm on her face.
The funeral of Bhanu Athaiya took place at the Chandiwadi crematorium on Thursday afternoon.
According to the news, Bhanu Athaiya wanted to return his Oscar Award to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in February 2012 as he felt that his family would not be able to take care of the trophy after his death. On 15 December 2012, it was confirmed that his trophy was back at the academy.
Bhanu Athaiya won two National Film Awards in 1991 and 2002 for ‘But’ and Aamir Khan starrer ‘Lagan’. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Filmfare Awards 2009 for his outstanding contribution to cinema.
Athaiya made his debut as a film costume designer in 1956 with Dev Anand starrer ‘CID’. He worked with lead directors including Gurudutt, Yash Chopra, Raj Kapoor, Vijay Anand and BR Chopra in his star-career. Bhan also worked with international directors such as Conrad Roux and Richard Attenborough.
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