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Pookutty: Mumbai has made me,I owe award to city

Resul Pookutty completed a hat-trick on Thursday,with the Oscar nomination for sound mixing in Slumdog Millionaire. He has already bagged the BAFTA nomination....

Resul Pookutty completed a hat-trick on Thursday,with the Oscar nomination for sound mixing in Slumdog Millionaire. 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. I’m speechless,” the 36-year-old told The Indian Express over the telephone.

And at this special moment,it was Mumbai which was on top of his mind. “It’s 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 past 12 years after graduating from FTII,Pune,said.

While Mumbai cheered his Oscar nomination,Pookutty was more ecstatic over the CAS Award nomination. “That’s bigger than the Oscar for sound technicians like me,” he said.

The coming weeks will see him travelling extensively as he attends all the three award ceremonies where he has been nominated — the BAFTA Awards on February 8,the CAS Award on February 14 and the Oscars on February 22.

The sound technician,who started his career with Rajat Kapoor’s lesser-known film Private Detective (1997),has more than 20 films on his filmograph. However,it’s the song-less movie Black that drew the industry’s attention to Pookutty. Ghajini,Sawaariya,Dus Kahaniyaan,Gandhi My Father,Zinda and Bluffmaster made him a name to look for on a film’s credit roll.

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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 I’m celebrating the Oscar nomination,they are away in Dubai.”