India's first Oscar winner Bhanu Athaiya dies

Mumbai: Costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, India’s first Oscar winner, died at her home on Thursday after prolonged illness, her daughter said.

She was 91.

Athaiya, who won an Oscar for her work in the 1983 film 'Gandhi', passed away peacefully in her sleep, her daughter Radhika Gupta told. 

The last rites took place at the Chandanwadi crematorium in South Mumbai.

She won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design in Richard Attenborough’s 'Gandhi' along with John Mollo. In 2012, Bhanu returned her Oscar to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for safe-keeping.

In a career spanning five decades and over 100 films, she won two National Awards — for Gulzar’s mystery drama 'Lekin' (1990) and the period film 'Lagaan' directed by Ashutosh Gowariker (2001).

Several Bollywood personalities, including producer Boney Kapoor, actor Simi Garewal and designer Neeta Lulla, on Thursday, mourned the passing away of Oscar-winning costume designer Bhanu Athaiya. Asianet Online