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Resul: Oscar win has allowed a sense of association with a non-glamourous field

Oscar winner Resul Pookutty cannot help feel overwhelmed by all the adulation coming his way after his success in the sound-mixing category...

Written by Suanshu Khurana | New Delhi |
March 25, 2009 12:35:50 am

Oscar winner Resul Pookutty cannot help feel overwhelmed by all the adulation coming his way after his success in the sound-mixing category,something that does not even feature in any of the Bollywood awards. That,apart from being pitted against his mentor Ben Burtt (one of the sound mixers for Wall E) in the Oscar run.

The hoopla has settled down a bit now,but he thinks all this has been a little belated. “I am humbled by the honours,but it has all come in a little too late and after a lot of frustration. At one point of time,I had sent out letters to various media organisations talking about my previous nominations by the Cinema Audio Society and the BAFTA,” said 38-year-old Pookutty while speaking to mediapersons.

The sound wizard,whose work in mainstream movies like Black and Saawariya and the critically acclaimed Gandhi-My Father were recognised much later,rues about the lack of dues given to the work of sound engineers in India. He is,however,hopeful his win will prove a landmark for the rest of his kind. “The win has allowed a sense of association with a non-glamourous field. It has already spearheaded a movement where recognition might become a little easier in the future,” said Pookutty,who began his career with Rajat Kapoor’s never-released Private Detective: Two Plus Two One in 1995.

An alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India,Pune,Pookutty believes that for a category like sound-mixing,studying cinema is of prime importance and should happen under an autonomous body. “I fail to understand why institutes like the FTII and the SRFII are under the I&B Ministry and not the Ministry of Culture,” he added. “There is no rigour in the process of screen-writing,which is the main problem with Indian cinema,” said Pookutty.

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On upcoming projects,Pookutty said he is “going to finish his prior commitments,” made before the Oscars,like Pappu Can’t Dance Saala and Mocktail but he “is not planning to shift base from India”. “I got these honours while working in India. I would rather continue doing that instead of chasing international projects,” he said.

Does he intend to join politics in the future? Rushing off to meet UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi for a congratulatory meeting,he smiled,“I am an artiste and have such no intentions.”

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