Anchal: The sleepy Vilakkupara village burst into cheers early morning when Resul Pookutty was declared Oscar winner for sound mixing.
His family members, neighbours and friends got into a celebration mood, hugging each other, distributing sweets as Resul Pookutty became the first Keralite to win an Oscar.
''It's a Shivratri gift to Malayalis,'' he told a Malayalam television channel after receiving the award.
Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan, Culture Minister M A Baby, his colleagues in the film industry and people from all walks of life congratulated him for his success.
''Both Resul Pookutty and A R Rahman made the country proud by winning the Oscar,'' the Chief Minister said.
''Hard work pays off and this is going to be a great impetus for all in the film industry,'' Mr Baby said.
Cine actors Mammoottty and Mohanlal were among those who congratulated 37-year-old Resul in the greatest achievement in his career.
The youngest of eight children, Resul had a passion for films right from his young days. After passing out from the Film and Television Institute of India, he made his sound designing and mixing debut with Rajat Kapoor's film Private Detective in 1997.
He was the sound designer for offbeat films such as Rahul Bose starrer Split Wide Open, Deepak Tijori's Snip!, Rahul Bose's Everybody Says I'm Fine, Boom and critically-acclaimed Matrubhoomi.
He got his big break in 2005 with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black, which was followed by films like Bluffmaster, Zinda, Traffic Signal, Saawariya, Gandhi My Father, Dus Kahaniyaan and Woodstock Villa.
Then came Slumdog Millionaire, a project that brought him worldwide recognition.