17102020-LSTC-01.qxd 16-10-2020 21:43 Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE ADITYA IS NOT BANKRUPT! Refuting all reports of him going bankrupt, Aditya Narayan recently said, “I generally mentioned that I had bought a new apartment before the lockdown, so even after being a celebrity I had to think about EMIs!” Tough times Popular singer of the 90s, Kumar Sanu has tested positive for Covid-19. The singer was supposed to fly to LA to be with his family after nine months. CHANDIGARH | SATURDAY | 17 OCTOBER 2020 From the figure-hugging kurtaand churidarof Sadhna in Waqtto the orange triple-layered saree of Mumtaz in Brahmachari, Oscar-winning costume designer Bhanu Athaiya created looks that became iconic. Here’s mapping her amazing journey Mona R EFERRED to as ‘dress designer’ in her early films, Bhanu Athaiya was to not only earn India its first Oscar, but also establish characters through the sheer power of design. For the film Gandhi, Athaiya won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design, along with John Mol- BHANU ATHAIYA (28 April 1929-15 October 2020) lo in 1983. She was also nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design for Gandhi. The kurta with churidar donned by Sadhna in Waqt became the ultimate fashion statement. Today, we see the pre-stitched sarees in stores, but it was back in 1969 that Athaiya dressed Mumtaz in orange triplelayered, pre-pleated saree in popular number Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyaar Ke Charche in the film Brahmachari. Legacy of design A classic look for Meena Kumari in Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam A still from Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India, for which Bhanu Athaiya won the National Award in 2002 For the film Gandhi, she won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design, along with John Mollo, in 1983 DRESS CIRCLE The costume designer, with over 100 films to her credit, won the National Award twice An elegant Waheeda Rehman and Dev Anand looks dapper in the famous movie Guide — for Lekin in 1991 and Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India in 2002. The film won five National awards, including National Film Award for Best Costume Design for Bhanu Athaiya. Unlike Gandhi, for Lagaan, c m y b she designed both Indian ensembles as well as those British colonial officers. Her very first film, C.I.D., showcased both urban and rural dresses — dapper Dev Anand in his immaculate suits to Shakila in Boojh Mera Kya Naam Re, in a ghaghra and chunky tribal jewellery. Early in her career, she made a winning partnership with Guru Dutt, working in Pyaasa and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. The tragedy queen of the industry, Meena Kumari, in a saree with a pal- lu on her head along with big bindi is one of the most memorable looks created by Athaiya for celluloid. The glamour and finesse of Waheeda Rehman in Guide, urban look for Asha Parekh in Teesri Manzil, a bold one for Zeenat TWEETS Priyanka Chopra RIP Bhanu Athaiya, What an amazing body of work — Oscar winning costume designer for Gandhi, the inventor of the Mumtaz saree... An inspiration to so many young designers...Her legacy will live on forever. My condolences to the family. Aamir Khan Bhanuji was one of those film people who beautifully combined accurate research and cinematic flair to bring to life the director’s vision. You will be missed Bhanuji. My heartfelt condolences to the family. Aman in Satyam Shivam Sundaram (where she worked with Satyawan and Vishnu Vellar), Athaiya’s journey was amazing. Suits for Manisha Koirala in 1942: A Love Story to Swades, where she gave a westernised look to Shah Rukh Khan, her range was extensive. Phir Kabhi is listed as her last Hindi film in 2008. Nagrik (2015), a Marathi film, is reportedly her last. Her memoir, The Art of Costume Design, charts her significant journey! << Mumtaz in a triple-layered saree in the song Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyaar Ke Charche from Brahmachari
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