Vanu Athaiya, India’s first Oscar winner and costume designer. (File image)
Many artists including Aamir Khan, Renuka Shahana and Simi Garwal have mourned the death of Vanu Athaiya.
- Latest version:October 16, 2020, 12:16 PM IST
Radhika Gupta, daughter of Vanu Athaiya, said her mother had a brain tumor six years ago and paralysis three years ago. One of his special friends, Simi Grewal, said that Athaiya was suffering from memory loss and had no memory other than ‘Gandhi’. He said Athaiya has left a legacy behind him.
Vanuji is one of those films who brings back the director’s attention by combining the right research and cinematic flair.
You will miss Vanuji – My sincere condolences to the family. Aamir Khan (@Amir_Khan) October 15, 2020
Aamir Khan worked with Atayar in the film ‘Lagan’ in 2001. On Thursday, he tweeted, ‘Vanuji is one of the few people in the film world who has realized the director’s imagination by combining beautiful research and cinematic trends. Vanuji will miss you. ‘
RIP Vanu Athaiya: What a wonderful, committed costume designer he was. Oscar winner, the pride of our country, yet very humble. I had a great opportunity to work with him in the Marathi film “Kotha Don Ganapatravanchi”
– Renuka Shahane (RenukaS) October 15, 2020
Renuka Shahane called Athaiya a ‘bright and dedicated costume designer’. At the same time, producer Bonnie Kapoor said that the country is proud of Athaiya’s achievement.
Her achievements brought Vanu Athiya, the first Indian to win an Oscar in 1973, brought glory to Indian cinema and the country as a whole. We were blessed to have him for the film #Prim. She will always be an inspiration to all costume designers and stylists. # Ripvanuathia.
– Boni Kapoor (@Bonikapur) October 15, 2020
Oscar-winning sound designer Russell Pokutty called Athiya a ‘guide’. “When no one heard of the Oscars, you won it for us,” he tweeted. You are the inspiration, to me it is a personal loss to say that Athaiya was born in Kolahapur. She started her career as a costume designer in Hindi cinema in 1956 with Guru Dutt’s film ‘CID’.