Bhanu Athaiya nee Rajopadhye (Marathi: भानु अथैय्या) (April 28, 1926-) is Indian cinema\s most well-regarded costume designer, having worked in over 100 films, since 1950s, with noted filmmakers like Guru Dutt, Yash Chopra, Raj Kapoor, Ashutosh Gowariker, and international directors like Conrad Rooks and Richard Attenborough. 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 classics like Pyaasa (1959), Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960) and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1964). In her career spanning 50 year she has received numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Costume Design (The Oscar), for her work in 1982 film, Gandhi, which made her the first Indian to win an Oscar , and also two National Film Awards, in 1991 and 2002. She currently resides in Mumbai.
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