Resul Pookutty

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Resul Pookutty
Pookutty in 2015
Born (1971-05-30) 30 May 1971 (age 52)
Vilakkupara, near Kollam, Kerala, India
OccupationSound engineer
Years active1997 – present

Resul Pookutty CAS MPSE (born 30 May 1971)[2] is an Indian film sound designer, sound editor and audio mixer.[3][4] He won the Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing, along with Richard Pryke and Ian Tapp, for Slumdog Millionaire.[5] Pookutty has worked in Hindi, Tamil, Telegu[6][7],Marathi [8]and Malayalam languages in addition to British films. And now he is a member of the Executive committee of Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (Oscar Committee), Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild (MPSE) and CAS (Cinema Audio Society) of America. Recently Mr. Pookutty is been awarded the title Distinguished Engineer by Rocheston, New York. (Distinguished Engineer is an honor awarded to Engineers of repute, selected from across the world in recognition of caliber, technical excellence and accomplishments that are an inspiration to people.[9] In 2010, the Government of India honored him with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to cinema[10].[11] In the same year, he was also conferred an honorary Doctorate by the Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, located in Kerala, India.

Early life[edit]

Born into a family in Vilakkupara, near Anchal about 40 km from Kollam, Kerala, India. He was the youngest of eight children. His father was a private bus ticket checker. Pookutty had to walk 6 km to the nearest school and study in the light of a kerosene lamp as his village had no electricity.[12][13]

He did his bachelor's degree in physics from Milad-E-Sherief Memorial College, Kayamkulam during 1987–1990.[14] He joined Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram for studying Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree, however, he was unable to complete it. In 1995, he graduated from Film and Television Institute of India in Pune. He wrote the remaining LLB exam papers and enrolled as an advocate in 2012. Pookutty said that it was his father's desire to make him an advocate.[15]


Pookutty along with Slumdog Millionaire team at the 81st Academy Awards

Pookutty moved to Mumbai after his graduation. He termed it as "a natural immigration as a graduate of the institute." He pointed out that "Ninety-five per cent of the technicians of the Mumbai film industry are alumni of FTII, Pune."[4] Pookutty made his debut in sound design with the 1997 film Private Detective: Two Plus Two Plus One, directed by Rajat Kapoor. He got his big break with the critically acclaimed 2005 film Black, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He subsequently engineered sound for major productions like Musafir (2004), Zinda (2006), Traffic Signal (2007), Gandhi, My Father (2007), Saawariya (2007), Dus Kahaniyaan, Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja (2009) and Enthiran (2010).[3]

Personal life[edit]

Pookutty is married to Shadia. They have two children.[16]


Year Film Language Notes
2004 Musafir Hindi
2007 Traffic Signal Hindi
2007 Gandhi, My Father Hindi
2007 Saawariya Hindi
2007 Dus Kahaniyaan Hindi
2008 Slumdog Millionaire English Won Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
2009 Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja Malayalam National Film Award for Best Audiography
2010 Enthiran Tamil
2011 Ra.One Hindi
2011 Adaminte Makan Abu Malayalam
2012 Nanban Tamil
2012 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel English
2012 English Vinglish Hindi
2013 Kunjananthante Kada Malayalam
2014 Kochadaiiyaan Tamil
2014 Ankhon Dekhi Hindi
2014 Highway Hindi
2014 Yaan Tamil
2015 Unfreedom Hindi and English
2015 Pathemari Malayalam
2016 Remo Tamil
2016 Niruttara Kannada
2017 Kaabil Hindi
2017 The Sound Story Malayalam
2018 Kammara Sambhavam Malayalam
2018 2.0 Tamil
2019 Kolaambi Malayalam
2019 Otha Seruppu Size 7 Tamil National Film Award for Best Audiography
2020 Trance Malayalam
2021 Kaadan/
Haathi Mere Saathi
2021 Pushpa Telugu [17]
2022 Radhe Shyam Telugu, Hindi
2022 Shabaash Mithu Hindi
2023 Aadujeevitham Malayalam Filming

As director[edit]

Year Film Language Notes Ref.
2023 Otta Malayalam Debut as a director [18]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ It's been an unbelievable ride' The Times of India, 24 January 2009.
  2. ^ "Resul Pookutty, happy 42nd birthday!". 30 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Resul – the other Indian Oscar nominee". NDTV Movies. Archived from the original on 14 February 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2009.
  4. ^ a b K.K. GOPALAKRISHNAN (23 September 2005). "Directing sound". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Archived from the original on 14 September 2006. Retrieved 23 January 2009.
  5. ^ "The 81st Academy Awards (2009) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  6. ^ Pushpa: The Rise - Part 1 (2021) - IMDb, retrieved 23 March 2024
  7. ^ "Oscar-winning Sound Designer Resul Pookutty Joins Allu Arjun's Pushpa". News18. 7 April 2021. Retrieved 23 March 2024.
  8. ^ "Resul Pookutty gives music for Marathi film". The Times of India. 19 December 2013. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 23 March 2024.
  9. ^ "Resul Pookutty | WEF". 14 June 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2024.
  10. ^ "Resul Pookutty | WEF". 14 June 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2024.
  11. ^ IANS. "The 'Oscar Curse': 2009 awardee Resul Pookutty looks back at his struggles". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 23 March 2024.
  12. ^ Indian Express article
  13. ^ Tough journey for sound wizard Resul Pookutty The Economic Times, 24 February 2009.
  14. ^ "Resul Pookutty: The man who treasures silence | India News - Times of India". The Times of India.
  15. ^ "Oscar winner Resul Pookutty enrols as advocate". The Times of India. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2023.
  16. ^ Sen, Zinia (25 February 2009). "Pookutty: What do I dream about?". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 17 July 2012.
  17. ^ "Resul Pookutty welcomed on-board Allu Arjun, Rashmika Mandanna, Fahadh Faasil starrer Pushpa". The Times of India.
  18. ^ "Resul Pookutty wants to make Hindi film with Rajinikanth; reveals he 'almost died' during Otta shoot". The Indian Express. 26 October 2023. Retrieved 28 October 2023.
  19. ^ "There is no award like a National Award: Resul Pookutty". The Times of India. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2010.
  20. ^ "Mohanlal, Pookutty get D.Litt". The Hindu. Kochi. 17 March 2010. Archived from the original on 2 April 2010.
  21. ^ "Nobel laureate Venky, Ilayaraja, Rahman, Aamir to receive Padma awards". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  22. ^ "Pazhassi Raja selected as best film". The Hindu. Thiruvananthapuram. 4 January 2010. Archived from the original on 6 January 2010.
  23. ^ [" "Chakulathamma Swarvarsha Puraskaram for Resul"]. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)
  24. ^ "Bahadur Award 2009 for Resul". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011.
  25. ^ "Slumdog gets 10 Oscar noms". Rediff News. Retrieved 23 January 2009.
  26. ^ IANS. "Resul Pookutty: The other Indian at the Oscars". Sify. Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2009.

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