Podcast: Academy Award Winner Resul Pookutty

LISTEN: Academy Award Winner Resul Pookutty

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. Continue reading

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Podcast: Academy Award Winner AR Rahman On His Musical Journey Part-2

LISTEN: Academy Award Winner AR Rahman On His Musical Journey Part-2

AR Rahman

AR Rahman

In February 2009 I spoke to AR Rahman or AR as he prefers to be called about his musical journey and how it all started in his hometown of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. We spoke on the eve of his big Academy Award night for Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire.” AR won 2 Oscars, and the film won the best picture award.

An intensely private person AR prefers to sit huddled in his music studio rather than talk to the media.  But, with the sudden and unexpected success of Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” AR found himself in the media spotlight, especially international media.

In Part-2 of our conversation AR talks about this musical journey that began when he was in high school. It all started in Kodambakkam, the epicenter of Chennai, (then Madras) of South Indian film industry. His mother played a pivotal role in shaping his career. Continue reading