With Bhanu Athaiya respiration her final, the trade misplaced one more stalwart. The costume designer, received the primary Academy Award for India. She was honoured with an Oscar, together with John Mollo, for the Greatest Costume Design for Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi (1983). Through the years, Athaiya had spun her magic in quite a lot of Bollywood movies resembling Teesri Manzil (1966), Pyaasa (1957), Kagaz Ke Phool (1959), Information (1965), Karz (1980) , 1942 – A Love Story (1943), Henna (1991), Lagaan: As soon as Upon a Time in India (2001) and Swades (2004), and have left an indelible mark along with her imaginative and prescient and creations.
Athaiya’s colleagues bear in mind her tender spoken nature, down-to-earth manner and say there could be nobody like her, ever. Actors Sushma Seth, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Suhasini Mulay and Zeba Bakhtiar, who’ve collaborated with Athaiya in varied movies, go down reminiscence lane and share their recollections of realizing the legend:
She had a beautiful life, realised quite a lot 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 form 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 effectively 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 recollections of working along with her in movies resembling Prem Rog (1982), Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985), Chandni (1989), Faasle (1985) and 1942: A Love Story (1993)… I met her a couple of years again at an occasion at Siri Fort when she gifted me her e book (The Artwork Of Costume Design). There could be many different costume designers, however she was the unique.
Bhanu will all the time be remembered for the good work that she has carried out. She has lived a full life, has been an inspiration to many. I want she has not suffered a lot. Among the many work I’ve carried out along with her, I bear in mind throughout Lagaan: As soon as Upon a Time in India (2001) she’d go to my home typically to debate my costume and look within the movie. She was tender spoken and knew her artwork effectively, she’d know the place she’d get a sure costume stitched and by whom or the place she may purchase a specific cloth from. I used to be amazed at her data and might’t consider anybody like her.
She was superb particularly the way in which she would go about doing her work. She had a lot data; I used to be in full awe of her. On the units of Henna (1991), I’d simply comply with her and the way in which she’d work on the costumes. I bear in mind one of many days, she bought a bouquet of lovely pure flowers and requested me to decide on the colors I preferred, 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 specific about each little particulars. She was an unworldly artiste, who was connected to the soil. Even after attaining a lot she was so grounded. Each time I consider her, I bear in mind how lovely she regarded in her hand-woven salwaar and kurta, with these two pony tails each time she’d come on the units.
We have been set as much as shoot Lagaan and Bhanu was there on the set and naturally one had heard of her due to the form of work she has carried out and likewise as a result of she has received an Oscar. She was very unassuming. Ashutosh Gowarikar (director) had a really clear thought about what he needed to dom, particularly with my costume as a result of I used to be the one girl carrying white, and Bhanu agreed that I must have an identification of my very own. Rachel Shelley (who performed Elizabeth within the movie) thought her costumes regarded colourless however what Bhanu had carried out was she selected types, stitches and colors that have been English and principally in that rustic arrange, her garments actually stood out not as a result of they have been overstated however they have been English, understated and complex. We didn’t realise until we noticed it on display how each character was given a unique color palette by Bhanu and the way superbly she gave everybody an identification of their very own and it regarded superb. She additionally gave borders in my saree so I stood out within the crowd. Her sense of aesthetic, model and eye for detailing was praiseworthy. That’s Bhanu Athaiya for you. Want I had carried out extra work along with her.
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