top of page

Bhanu Athaiya, India's first Oscar winner dies in Mumbai on Thursday.

Bhanu Athaiya, customer designer who won the first Oscar for India passes away on Thursday, due to brain tumour at the age of 91.

Ms. Athaiya, won an Oscar for her work in the 1983 epic film "Gandhi". She has worked in Indian Film Industry as an costume designer and has worked in over 100 films.

She won the "Academy Award for Best Costume Design" in Richard Attenborough’s 'Gandhi' , with Ben Kingsley as the Mahatma, along with John Mollo. The biopic of Mahatma Gandhi swept the eight awards in the Oscars.

She is responsible for creating some of Bollywood’s best remembered looks, including Vyjayantihmala in “Aamrapaali”, Waheeda Rehman in “Guide” and Zeenat Aman in “Satyam Shivam Sundaram. She has also worked with noted filmmakers like Yash Chopra. And in a career of more than five decades she has won two National Awards — for Gulzar’s mystery drama “Lekin” (1990) and the period film “Lagaan” (2001).

The nation mourns for the death of a brilliant artist. A great loss of India. Sending condolences to her family.

Disclaimer: a certain commission of every purchase through the ads goes to supporting Affluent Society and I. Purchasing through the ads is one of the best ways you can help support us. Thanks in advance.


Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page