With Bhanu Athaiya respiration her final, the trade misplaced one more stalwart. The costume designer, gained the primary Academy Award for India. She was honoured with an Oscar, together with John Mollo, for the Best Costume Design for Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi (1983). Over the years, Athaiya had spun her magic in numerous Bollywood movies corresponding 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 together with her imaginative and prescient and creations.
Athaiya’s colleagues bear in mind her comfortable spoken nature, down-to-earth manner and say there can be nobody like her, ever. Actors Sushma Seth, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Suhasini Mulay and Zeba Bakhtiar, who’ve collaborated with Athaiya in numerous movies, go down reminiscence lane and share their reminiscences of figuring out the legend:
She had a beautiful life, realised a number of her desires and aspirations and I need to bear in mind Bhanu for her love for her artwork, creations, effectivity and most significantly for the type of human being she was. She was well-read, knew about all of the durations, eras and had a beautiful aesthetic imaginative and prescient, which might get remodeled into her creations. She’d know what would go properly with the story, setting and time interval of a specific movie and weave in her magic into every little thing she did. I’ve many reminiscences of working together with her in movies corresponding 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 can be many different costume designers, however she was the unique.
Bhanu will at all times be remembered for the good work that she has finished. She has lived a full life, has been an inspiration to many. I want she has not suffered a lot. Among the work I’ve finished together with her, I bear in mind throughout Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) she’d go to my home usually to debate my costume and look within the movie. She was comfortable spoken and knew her artwork properly, she’d know the place she’d get a sure costume stitched and by whom or the place she might purchase a specific material from. I used to be amazed at her information and may’t consider anybody like her.
She was wonderful particularly the way in which she would go about doing her work. She had a lot information; I used to be in full awe of her. On the units of Henna (1991), I’d simply observe her and the way in which she’d work on the costumes. I bear in mind one of many days, she acquired a bouquet of lovely pure flowers and requested me to decide on the colors I favored, and mentioned that accordingly she’d resolve the color palette of my costumes within the movie. I’ve by no means seen anybody working like that — from colors, fittings, to even what sort of stitched required, she was explicit about each little particulars. She was an unworldly artiste, who was connected to the soil. Even after attaining a lot she was so grounded. Every time I consider her, I bear in mind how stunning she regarded in her hand-woven salwaar and kurta, with these two pony tails each time she’d 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 type of work she has finished and in addition as a result of she has gained an Oscar. She was very unassuming. Ashutosh Gowarikar (director) had a really clear concept about what he wished to dom, particularly with my costume as a result of I used to be the one girl carrying white, and Bhanu agreed that I have to have an id of my very own. Rachel Shelley (who performed Elizabeth within the movie) thought her costumes regarded colourless however what Bhanu had finished was she selected types, stitches and hues that had been English and mainly in that rustic arrange, her garments actually stood out not as a result of they had been overstated however they had been English, understated and complex. We didn’t realise until we noticed it on display how each character was given a distinct color palette by Bhanu and the way superbly she gave everybody an id of their very own and it regarded wonderful. She additionally gave borders in my saree so I stood out within the crowd. Her sense of aesthetic, fashion and eye for detailing was praiseworthy. That’s Bhanu Athaiya for you. Wish I had finished extra work together with her.
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