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Bhanu Athaiya
Bhanu Athaiya
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Born
Bhanumati Annasaheb Rajopadhye

(1929-04-28) 28 April 1929 (age 91)
Occupationcostume designer
Years active1956-2004
Spouse(s)Satyendra Athaiya (separated, now widowed)
Childrendaughter
Awards1982: Best Costume Design: Gandhi
Best Costume Design
1991: Lekin...
2002: Lagaan
Bhanumati Annasaheb Rajopadhye, later Bhanu Athaiya (Marathi: भानु अथैय्या; born 28 April 1929), is an Indian costume designer, having worked in over 100 films, since the 1950s, with filmmakers such Guru Dutt, Yash Chopra, B.R. Chopra, Raj Kapoor, Vijay Anand, Raj Khosla, Ashutosh Gowariker, and international directors such Conrad Rooks and Richard Attenborough.
Contents
1 Biography
2 Career
3 Awards and nominations
4 Filmography
5 References
6 External links
Biography
Athaiya was born in Kolhapur in Maharashtra. She was the third of the seven children born to Annasaheb and Shantabai Rajopadhye. Athaiya's father, Annasaheb was a painter. He died when Athaiya was nine years old.
Career
Athaiya started her career as a freelance fashion illustrator for various women's magazines in Bombay, including the 'Eve's Weekly'. Later when its editor opened a boutique, she asked Athaiya to try designing dresses, hereupon she discovered her flair for designing clothes. Her success as a designer soon led to her switching career paths. Her career began by designing clothes for Guru Dutt's films, starting with C.I.D. (1956). She soon became a part of the Guru Dutt team.
She made her debut as a film costume designer with the film C.I.D. in 1956, and followed it up with other Guru Dutt films such as Pyaasa (1957), Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960) and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962). In her career spanning 50 years she has received numerous awards. She won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design (shared with John Mollo) for her work in the 1982 film, Gandhi. She became the first Indian to win an Academy Award. She also won two National Film Awards, in 1991 and 2002.
In March 2010, Athaiya released her book The Art of Costume Design, published by Harper Collins. On 13 January 2013, Athaiya presented a copy of the book to the Dalai Lama.
On 23 February 2012, it was reported that Athaiya wished to return her Academy Award to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences because she felt that her family will not be able to take care of the trophy after her demise. On 15 December 2012, it was confirmed that the trophy had been returned to The Academy.
Awards and nominations
Year
Award
Film
Result
Ref.
1983(55th)
Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Gandhi
Won
1983(36th)
BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design
Gandhi
Nominated
1991(38th)
National Film Award for Best Costume Design
Lekin...
Won
2002(49th)
National Film Award for Best Costume Design
Lagaan
Won
2009(54th)
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
Won
2013(4th)
Laadli Lifetime Achievement Award
Won
Filmography
Year
Title
2004
Swades
2001
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India
2001
Dhyaas Parva
2000
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar
1995
Prem
1995
The Cloud Door (Himmelspforte, Die)
1995
Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India
1993
1942: A Love Story
1993
Sahibaan
1992
Parampara
1991
Henna
1991
Ajooba
1990
Lekin...
1990
Agneepath
1989
Chandni
1988
Hero Hiralal
1987
Kaash
1986
Sultanat
1985
Ram Teri Ganga Maili
1985
Faasle
1985
Salma
1985
Yaadon Ki Kasam
1984
Tarang
1983
Razia Sultan
1983
Pukar
1982
Gandhi
1982
Prem Rog
1982
Nikaah
1981
Biwi-O-Biwi: The Fun-Film
1981
Hotel
1981
Rocky
1980
Insaaf Ka Tarazu
1980
Agreement
1980
The Burning Train
1980
Karz
1980
Abdullah
1979
Meera
1979
Mr. Natwarlal
1979
Suhaag
1979
Jaani Dushman
1978
Satyam Shivam Sundaram: Love Sublime
1978
Karmayogi
1978
Shalimar
1978
Ghar
1978
Ganga Ki Saugandh
1977
Alaap
1977
Aaina
1977
Ab Kya Hoga
1976
Udhar Ka Sindur
1976
Hera Pheri
1976
Mehbooba
1976
Nagin
1976
Aaj Ka Mahaatma
1976
Chalte Chalte
1976
Do Anjaane
1975
Aakraman
1975
Kala Sona
1975
Dharam Karam
1975
Prem Kahani
1974
Chor Machaye Shor
1974
Bidaai
1973
Dhund
1973
Aaj Ki Taaza Khabar
1973
Keemat
1973
Anamika
1973
Bandhe Haath
1972
Siddhartha
1972
Dastaan
1972
Raaste Kaa Patthar
1972
Roop Tera Mastana
1972
Apna Desh
1972
Mere Jeevan Saathi
1971
Tere Mere Sapne
1971
Pyar Ki Kahani
1971
Aap Aye Bahaar Ayee
1971
Maryada
1970
Johny Mera Naam
1970
Himmat
1970
Khilona
1970
Mera Naam Joker
1970
Maa Aur Mamta
1969
Jeene Ki Raah
1969
Intaquam
1968
Brahmachari
1967
Anita
1967
Patthar Ke Sanam
1967
Hare Kanch Ki Chooriyan
1966
Amrapali
1966
Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi
1966
Mera Saaya
1966
Teesri Manzil
1966
Budtameez
1965
Guide
1965
Janwar
1965
Kaajal
1965
Waqt
1965
Mere Sanam
1964
Dulha Dulhan
1964
Leader
1962
Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam
1961
Ganga Jamuna
1960
Chaudhvin Ka Chand
1959
Dil Deke Dekho
1959
Kaagaz Ke Phool
1959
Kavi Kalidas
1957
Pyaasa
1956
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