Monday, February 23, 2009

When Resul Pookutty studied under a kerosene lamp

Los Angeles: Slumdog Millionaire has brought the best out of Kerala-born sound engineer Resul Pookutty.

Besides an Oscar, Pookutty has also won a BAFTA and a Cinema Audio Society (CAS) award for best sound mixing for the film.

But life wasn't always this bright for Pookutty. Hailing from a small village of Vilakkupara in Kerala's Kollam district which didn't have electricity, he studied under a kerosene lamp.

He then went to the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune from where he graduated in 1995.

The sound designer accepted the Oscar along with re-recording mixers Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke.

He made his debut in 1997 in Rajat Kapoor's Private Detective and went on to work in films like Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black, Gandhi My Father and Ghajini.

His film credits include Saawariya, Zinda, Musafir and Amu.

He won the Zee Cine award for the best Sound Designer for Musafir while he won critical acclaim for his work in Black and won all the major awards in India.

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