Oscar has always been such a prestigious award that all the workers in the entertainment industry aim to gain that award. In India, the first oscar award was received by Bhanu Athaiya for her film in the movie Gandhi that was made by Richard Attenborough in 1983.
But recently this oscar winner Bhanu Athaiya passed away. Many big stars of the Bollywood industry have come forward to mourn for Bhanu Athaiya. Some of the actors that came forward were Aamir Khan, Renuka Shahane, and Simi Garewal.
Bhanu Athaiya was of 91 age and was suffering from an illness after which she passed away. Bhanu Athaiya’s daughter said that Bhanu Athaiya was suffering from a tumor in her brain that was found almost 8 years back and for the last 3 years Bhanu Athaiya was in bed resting as Bhanu Athaiya’s half body was paralyzed.
Out of many friends of Bhanu Athaiya, Garewal was the one who was very close to her and Garewal mentioned that Bhanu Athaiya was suffering from a disease known as Dementia in which one loses the ability to remember things that have been occurred in past. And the same happened with Bhanu Athaiya as she was able to remember her movie Gandhi only. Also, Bhanu Athaiya was a costume designer at her time.
“It was very hard to talk to her. I felt sad… Is this what happens to a talented human being? It is a huge sense of loss. She had a brain tumor too for eight years. Maybe it was time for her to be at peace. She has left a legacy,” Garewal said.
Along with Garewal, Aamir Khan also tweeted for Bhanu Athaiya, he said, “Bhanuji was one of those film people who beautifully combined accurate research and cinematic flair to bring to life the director’s vision. You will be missed Bhanuji.” Aamir Khan worked with Bhanu Athaiya during his movie Lagaan in 2001 and he also came forward to mourn for Bhanu Athaiya.
Shahane also said for Bhanu Athaiya, “amazing, committed costume designer” and she worked with Bhanu Athaiya in her Marathi movie Katha Don Ganpatravanchi in 1996. Shahane tweeted, “Winner of an Oscar award, the pride of our country, yet so very humble. I had the great privilege of working with her in the Marathi film ‘Katha Don Ganpatravanchi.” Shahane tweeted on Twitter about Bhanu Athaiya, “Winner of an Oscar award, the pride of our country, yet so very humble. I had the great privilege of working with her in the Marathi film ‘Katha Don Ganpatravanchi.”
Maker Boney Kapoor said Athiya’s accomplishment carried trees to the nation and he feels lucky to have teamed up with her for 1995 dramatization Prem, featuring Sanjay Kapoor and Tabu.
“Her accomplishments carried greatness to Indian film and Pride to the whole Country. Was honored to have her for our film #Prem. She will consistently be a motivation to all outfit architects n beauticians,” Kapoor tweeted.
Oscar-winning sound fashioner Resul Pookutty said Athiya has been a “directing light”.
“At the point when no one even knew about the Oscars you won it for us, you been a motivation… May your spirit Rest In Peace… It’s a tremendous misfortune for me actually and The Academy,” he tweeted.
Style architect Neeta Lulla took to her Instagram story and shared Athiya’s image with the inscription, “You will be remembered fondly, Bhanu Ji.”
Athaiya, who was conceived in Kolhapur, started her profession as an ensemble creator in the Hindi film with Guru Dutt’s 1956 superhit C.I.D.
She won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for Attenborough’s Gandhi, with Ben Kingsley as the Mahatma, alongside John Mollo. The luxurious biopic of Mahatma Gandhi cleared the Oscars with eight honors.
In 2012, she had 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 secret dramatization Lekin (1990) and the period movie Lagaan coordinated by Ashutosh Gowariker (2001).