Exclusive! Randhir Kapoor mourns the demise of designer Bhanu Athaiya: She was unique and one of her kind – Times of India

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Ace costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, the first Indian to win an Oscar, has passed away in Mumbai on Thursday morning. She was 91.

Remembering the Academy award-winning costume designer, veteran actor Randhir Kapoor exclusively spoke to ETimes and said, “She has worked in many RK banner films. She was a very fine technician who designed very authentic clothes for the type of films which set in a particular period. Whether they were old period films or a modern film her dresses were true to the period very good and unique.”

He further added, “She understood the director’s requirement thoroughly. She was very professional in her approach. She was unique and one of her kind may her soul rest in peace.”

Bhanu Athaiya made history by winning the Oscar for Best Costume Design for Lord Richard Attenborough‘s ‘Gandhi’ in 1983.

In an exclusive interaction with ETimes, her daughter Radhika confirmed that she passed away in her sleep this morning. She added that she had slight fever and cough and was taking antibiotics. It was kind of pneumonia.



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