With Bhanu Athaiya respiration her final, the business misplaced yet one more stalwart. The costume designer, received the first Academy Award for India. She was honored with an Oscar, alongside with John Mollo, for the Best Costume Design for Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi (1983). Over the years, Athaiya had spun her magic in quite a lot of Bollywood movies akin to Teesri Manzil (1966), Pyaasa (1957), Kagaz Ke Phool (1959), Guide (1965), Karz (1980), 1942 – A Love Story (1943), Henna (1991), Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) and Swades (2004), and have left an indelible mark with her imaginative and prescient and creations.
Athaiya’s colleagues bear in mind her mushy spoken nature, down-to-earth manner and say there would be no one like her, ever. Actors Sushma Seth, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Suhasini Mulay and Zeba Bakhtiar, who have collaborated with Athaiya in numerous movies, go down reminiscence lane and share their recollections of figuring out the legend:
She had an exquisite life, realized loads of her goals and aspirations and I wish to bear in mind Bhanu for her love for her artwork, creations, effectivity and most significantly for the sort of human being she was. She was well-read, knew about all the durations, eras and had an exquisite aesthetic imaginative and prescient, which would get reworked into her creations. She did know what would go effectively with the story, setting and time interval of a selected movie and weave in her magic into all the things she did. I have many recollections of working with her in movies akin to Prem Rog (1982), Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985), Chandni (1989), Faasle (1985) and 1942: A Love Story (1993)… I met her just a few years again at an occasion at Siri Fort when she gifted me her e-book (The Art of Costume Design). There would be many different costume designers, but she was the authentic.
Bhanu will at all times be remembered for the nice work that she has executed. She has lived a full life, has been an inspiration to many. I want she has not suffered a lot. Among the work executed with her, I bear in mind throughout Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) she visited my home typically to debate my costume and look in the movie. She was mushy spoken and knew her artwork effectively, she knew the place she was getting a sure costume stitched and by whom or the place she may purchase a selected cloth from. I was amazed at her information and believed consider anybody like her.
She was superb particularly the means she would go about doing her work. She had a lot information; I was in full awe of her. On the units of Henna (1991), adopted simply observe her and the means she thought-about work on the costumes. I bear in mind one in every of the days, she obtained a bouquet of gorgeous pure flowers and requested me to decide on the colours I favored, and stated that accordingly she believed the coloration palette of my costumes in the movie. Some by no means seen anybody working like that – from colours, fittings, to even what sort of stitched required, she was specific about each little particulars. She was an unworldly artiste, who was hooked up to the soil. Even after reaching a lot she was so grounded. Every time I consider her, I bear in mind how stunning she appeared in her hand-woven salwaar and kurta, with these two pony tails each time she thought come on the units.
We had been set as much as shoot Lagaan and Bhanu was there on the set and naturally one had heard of her due to the sort of work she has executed and in addition as a result of she has received an Oscar. She was very unassuming. Ashutosh Gowarikar (director) had a really clear concept about what he needed to dom, particularly with my costume as a result of I was the solely lady sporting white, and Bhanu agreed that I must have an id of my very own. Rachel Shelley (who performed Elizabeth in the movie) thought her costumes appeared colorless but what Bhanu had executed was she selected kinds, stitches and colours that had been English and principally in that rustic arrange, her garments actually stood out not as a result of they had been overstated but they had been English, understated and complex. We took understand until we noticed it on display screen how each character was given a distinct coloration palette by Bhanu and the way fantastically she gave everybody an id of their very own and it appeared superb. She additionally gave borders in my saree so I stood out in the crowd. Her sense of aesthetic, type and eye for detailing was praiseworthy. I’m Bhanu Athaiya for you. Wish I had executed extra work with her.
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