Courtesy : Irrfan Khan and Bhanu Athaiya
The 93rd Academy Awards paid tribute to Indian actor Irrfan Khan and the Indian Oscar-winning costume designer Bhanu Athaiya. The two featured in the Academy's In Memorium segment during the Oscar awards ceremony held on Monday.
The late actor Irrfan Khan, appeared in Oscar-winning films such as Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi, and was honoured at the 93rd Academy Awards on Monday. He has also worked in Hollywood films including, Jurassic World, Inferno, The Amazing Spider-Man and others.
Bhanu, on the other hand, won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for Gandhi in 1982.
In the previous year, the Academy paid a tribute to the late Irrfan Khan after his sad demise on April 29. “A mainstay of Bollywood cinema and incredible talent in films like Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi and The Namesake, Irrfan Khan left his imprint on global cinema. An inspiration to millions, he will be greatly missed,” the Academy wrote in a Tweet.
Irrfan Khan passed away on April 29, 2020, after a two-year-long battle with cancer. He even shot for his last film ‘Angrezi Medium’ which released just before the lockdown was imposed in the country.
Actor Frieda Pinto, who starred with Irrfan in Slumdog Millionaire, honoured the actor’s memories as she wrote, "There was simply no one like Irrfan Khan. His grace and dignity along with his monumental talent as an artist, actor - a portrayer of humanity in all it's shapes and forms - made me not only have deep admiration for him but I instinctively wanted to emulate that grace in my career as well."
In 2017, Irrfan spoke about winning an Oscar and where he would keep the award if he ever wins one. Speaking about his sprawling new Mumbai apartment in a 2017 Architectural Digest spread, Irrfan said, “So many awards mean so little, but that… that is an award that would change everything; it can open up every choice for an actor."
He added, "I know I won't keep it in the bathroom... If it were ever to come, it would come with its own place. It would find its own place."
Meanwhile, other stars to get honoured by the Academy on Monday also included Max Von Sydow, Sean Connery, Diana Rigg, Helen McCrory and Chadwick Boseman, among others.