He has won an Oscar yet simplicity and humility define him. From studying under the light of a kerosene lamp to international appreciation, Resul Pookutty has seen it all. His well-acclaimed work for Slumdog Millionaire (he also won the BAFTA and Golden Globe) has given the much-needed recognition to sound technicians of the Indian film industry. He credits his inspiration to the various filmmakers, technicians and others whom he has worked with. He believes success is no short-cut but constant hard work.
How has life changed after Oscars?
There is a sea of changes. There has been a huge rise in people’s expectations. Also, now more people know who Resul is. The studios of LA have opened their doors for us.
How was your career graph before Slumdog…”?
I had been a part of many Bollywood projects such as Boom, Musafir, Raghu Romeo and so on. However, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black brought me recognition and made people realise the significance of sound effects in a movie. It was followed by Saawariya and Gandhi, My Father.
Life beyond work?
Apart from my professional work, I feel the need to contribute to society. There are many things in the pipeline. One of them is to start a music school.
How has the public response been?
Blue for which I did the sound has released. Besides, there are many Malayalam movies I am working on.