Monday, February 23, 2009

Resul Pookutty wins Sound Mixing Oscar for 'Slumdog'

Mon Feb 23, 2009
NEW DELHI -Resul Pookutty won a Sound Mixing Oscar for his work on Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" on Sunday, capping an impressive tally of eight trophies for the rags-to-riches romance set in Mumbai's slums.

Pookutty, who shared the award with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke, joined a select group of Indians to have won an Academy Award.

Composer A.R. Rahman also won for Best Original Score and Original Song on a Hollywood night that put the spotlight on India.

"Thank you, Academy, this is not just a sound award, this is history being handed over to me," an overwrought Pookutty said on stage while accepting the Academy Award.

The Indian film fraternity rarely honours technicians for their work and Pookutty has previously said their work needs to be appreciated more in India.

"Technicians are the ones who work behind the scenes. Because of them, an actor looks good, presentable, he sounds good," Pookutty told Reuters when "Slumdog Millionaire premiered in Mumbai last month.

While "Slumdog Millionaire" was the Oscar front-runner, another film shot in India took home an Academy Award.

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