RIP Bhanu Athaiya: Netizens Mourn the Demise of Oscar-Winning Costume Designer (View Tweets)

India’s first Oscar winner Bhanu Athaiya passed away on October 15, 2020, at the age of the 91. Confirming the legendary’s demise, her daughter told PTI that she was suffering from brain tumour from the past eight months and on died on Thursday morning. Check out fans reactions to this news here.

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India’s first Oscar winner Bhanu Athaiya passed away on October 15, 2020, at the age of the 91. Confirming her demise, her daughter told PTI that she was suffering from brain tumour from the past eight years and died on Thursday morning. She hailed from Kolhapur and was born on April 28, 1929. Athaiya never studied fashion but felt fulfilled by working in movies as a designer. She is popularly known for winning Best Costume Design Oscar for her work in the Gandhi (1982)As soon as this news was out, her admirers mourned the loss of the Academy award winner.

Apart from Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi, Bhanu Athaiya has also worked as a designer in Bollywood films namely C.I.D, Pyaasa, Kagaz Ke Phool, Teesri Manzil, Johny Mera Naam, Guide, Abhinetri, Agneepath (1990) to name a few. In her career spanning five decades, she was also bestowed with National Award for Lekin and Lagaan. Here are a few Tweets expressing condolences over the demise of Athaiya.

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Earlier, in an interview with Indian Express, the deceased had expressed how elated she felt to be part of the showbiz. “For me, it (working for cinema) became a way to express myself and let my imagination soar. It was so fulfilling that I did not feel the need to do anything else, like opening a boutique. Top stars started approaching me on their own and recommending me to filmmakers. Nargis loved my designs,” she had said. May her soul rest in peace.

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