A - India's First Oscar Returned To Academy For Safekeeping

The first Indian winner of an Academy Award has returned her trophy to officials for safekeeping as she battles a brain tumour.

Bhanu Athaiya bagged the Best Costume Design honour for Richard Attenborough's Gandhi at the 55th Annual Academy Awards in 1983, but the sick 86-year-old has sent her Oscar back to Los Angeles.

Athaiya insists she "does not trust anyone in India to keep it", citing the 2004 theft of late writer/poet Rabindranath Tagore's 1931 Nobel Prize for her decision.

A statement issued by the star reads: "I do not trust anyone in India to keep it. If Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel medal could be stolen from (Tagore's hometown) Shantiniketan, what is the guarantee my trophy would be safe?

"In India, no one values such things, and we lack a tradition of maintaining our heritage and things pertaining to our culture. In the past, many Oscar winners have returned their trophies for safekeeping with the Academy such as eight-time Oscar-winning costume designer Edith Head, among others."

Athaiya had planned to travel to L.A. in 2013 to personally hand over the trophy to the Academy, but it was instead collected from her Mumbai workshop earlier this month (Dec12) after she was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumour.

Replying in an email to Athaiya, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences assistant general counsel and managing director of administration Scott Miller writes, "The Academy is honored to receive back your statuette... Many other artists have also donated their statuettes and personal papers to the Academy for their perpetual safekeeping and public education. And those statuettes are always treated and displayed with dignity at the Academy's exhibitions and galleries. Also, we are in the process of creating the finest motion picture museum in the world, and I'm certain it (Athaiya's statuette) will find a place to be displayed there."


Contactmusic

Tags:

Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

'Terminator: Genisys' Images Ridiculed on Twitter as PR Nightmare Continues

Ok, so Terminator: Genisys may turn out to be one of the finest action sci-fi...

'Terminator: Genisys' Images Ridiculed on Twitter as PR Nightmare Continues

'Mr Turner' is Mike Leigh's True Masterpiece

It feels as though Mr Turner has been around forever. It premiered in competition for the Palme d'Or at the...

'Mr Turner' is Mike Leigh's True Masterpiece

5 Seconds Of Summer - Good Girls (Behind The Scenes)

5 Seconds of Summer explain what went into the creation of the music video for their song, 'Good Girl', filmed in a prison...

5 Seconds Of Summer - Good Girls (Behind The Scenes) Video

Suge Knight Arrested, Faces 30 Years in Prison

The former CEO of Death Row Records, Suge Knight, has been arrested with comedian Micah "Katt" Williams in...

Suge Knight Arrested, Faces 30 Years in Prison

'Nightcrawler' Creeps to 90% as Gyllenhaal Turns In Best Performance

The pulsing new thriller Nightcrawler has reached a heady 90% score on...

'Nightcrawler' Creeps to 90% as Gyllenhaal Turns In Best Performance

Bleachers - Rollercoaster Video

With the July 2014 release of 'Strange Desire' their debut studio album, Bleachers have released the music video for...

Bleachers - Rollercoaster Video

Mercury Music Prize: In Defence of Young Fathers

It wasn't quite the token jazz act winning the award, and it wasn't quite Speech Debelle but there were...

Mercury Music Prize: In Defence of Young Fathers

Team Me - Interview

Team Me took some time to talk about the origins of their band, and how they went from a solo venture into a full on...

Team Me - Interview Video

Roy Keane Just Reviewed 'Gone Girl' - And It Ain't Pretty

Roy Keane just gave a hilarious interview to Shortlist magazine in which nobody was safe...

Roy Keane Just Reviewed 'Gone Girl' - And It Ain't Pretty
Advertisement

Comments

Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All