With the 84th Academy Awards around the corner, movie fans in Delhi have a reason to rejoice. A real Oscar statuette is coming to India’s metros, giving the fans a chance to hold the biggest award in cinema.
The first Indian to have won the Oscar, Bhanu Athaiya is giving TV channel Star Movies the rights to take her golden statuette to Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Mumbai, as part of the latter’s Oscar Fever initiative.
"The experience of winning India’s first Oscar was very special. Most people have only seen the statuette in pictures, magazines, newspapers or on TV. Taking it across the country will create awareness about the reality of its existence," says 85-year-old Athaiya, who won the Academy Award for Costume Design for her work in Richard Attenborough’s 1982 film, Gandhi.
Kickstarting the tour in Delhi on Sunday, the award will be displayed at PVR Select CityWalk, Saket (10am-1pm) and Landmark, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj (2 pm-4pm). To be held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on February 26, the 84th Academy Awards will air live in India on February 27, on Star Movies.