Resul Pookutty completed a hat-trick on Thursday,with the Oscar nomination for sound mixing. He has already bagged the BAFTA nomination in the best sound category and is one of five Sound Mixing nominees for the Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Award.
This is unbelievable. Im speechless, the 36-year-old kept saying when not letting out shrieks of pure joy over the phone. And at this special moment,it was Mumbai which was on top his mind. Its Mumbai which made me. The film is also about the city. I owe my success to the city, Pookutty,who has made the city his home for the last 12 years after graduating from FTII,Pune,told Newsline.
While Mumbai went crazy over his Oscar nomination,Pookutty was more ecstatic over the CAS Award.
Thats bigger than the Oscar for sound technicians like me, he said. The coming weeks will see him turn into a globe-trotter as he plans to attend all the three international award ceremonies where he has been nominatedthe BAFTA Awards on February 8,the CAS award on February 14 and the Oscar Awards on February 22.
The sound technician,who started his film career with Rajat Kapoors lesser-known film Private Detective (1997),has more than 20 films on his filmograph. However,its the song-less movie Black that drew the industrys attention to Pookutty. In later years,Ghajini,Sawaariya,Dus Kahaniyaan,Gandhi My Father,Zinda and Bluffmaster made him a name to look for on a films credit roll.
After the Oscar nomination announcements,Pookutty was looking forward to a night of partying. Still something was missing the presence of his wife,three-year-old son and 11-month-old daughter. Can you believe it? While Im celebrating the Oscar nomination,they are away in Dubai.