Podcast: Academy Award Winner Resul Pookutty

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Academy Award Winner Resul Pookutty

Resul Pookutty

“I don’t remember getting up from my seat and getting the award from Will Smith…I had a blackout,” confesses Academy Award winner Resul Pokutty, who won an Oscar in 2009 for “Slumdog Millionaire.”

“ I never imagined I’d win an Oscar…I was shocked. I never thought  that we, the Indian talent will get acknowledged in the Hollywood community, especially the Hollywood technical community to that level,” he adds.  Pookutty dedicated the award to India in his acceptance speech.

Pookutty won the Oscar for sound mixing along with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke. In 2010 Pookutty was invited to become a voting member by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Pookutty was studying law when he decided to change his plans and pursue a career in the film industry instead. Although the initial years were a struggle he established a toe hold when “New Indian Cinema” took off in the mid-1990s he points out. “Black” was his big break and he has not looked back since then.

By the time Boyle came to India to film “Slumdog Millionaire,” Pokutty had established himself as a well-known sound engineer.

We caught up with Pookutty on the eve of the 87th Oscar night and uncovered his love and memories of sound from his childhood days in Kerala to  how he got his break in the Indian film industry. We also discovered the challenges he faced and the creative ways in which he and his team worked on the sound design for Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Last year Pookutty completed his law studies. That is what my father wanted he points out.

You can follow Pookutty on Twitter.

Photo Courtesy: Canaries Post Sound