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Resul Pookutty (born 20 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] He has worked in Hollywood, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam films.

Resul Pookutty
Resul Pookutty 60th Filmfare Awards (cropped).jpg
Born (1971-05-30) 30 May 1971 (age 48)
ResidenceMumbai, India
OccupationSound engineer
Years active1997 – present

Early lifeEdit

Born into a family in Vilakkupara, near Anchal about 40 km from Kollam, Kerala, India. He was the youngest of ten 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.[6][7]

He did his bachelor's degree in physics from Milad-E-Sherief Memorial College, Kayamkulam during 1987–1990.[8] He was admitted in Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram for studying Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree, however, he was unable to complete it. In 1995, he graduate from Film and Television Institute of India in Pune. In 2014, he wrote the remaining LLB exam papers. Resul said that it was his father's desire to make him an advocate.[4]


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 lifeEdit

Pookutty is married to Shadia. They have a son Rayaan and a daughter, Salna.[9]


Year Film Language Notes
2004 Musafir Hindi
2007 Traffic Signal Hindi
2007 Gandhi, My Father Hindi
2007 Saawariya Hindi
2007 Dus Kahaniyaan Hindi
2009 Slumdog Millionaire English
2009 Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja Malayalam
2010 Enthiran Tamil
2011 Ra.One Hindi
2011 Adaminte Makan Abu'' Malayalam
2012 Nanban Tamil
2012 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel English
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 Oru Kadhai Sollatuma
The Sound Story
2018 Kammara Sambhavam Malayalam
2018 2.0 Tamil
2018 Sangamithra[10][circular reference] Tamil [11]
2019 Kolaambi Malayalam Post Production



  1. ^ It's been an unbelievable ride' The Times of India, 24 January 2009.
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  3. ^ a b c "Resul – the other Indian Oscar nominee". NDTV Movies. Archived from the original on 14 February 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ a b c K.K. GOPALAKRISHNAN (23 September 2005). "Directing sound". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 23 January 2009.
  5. ^ "The 81st Academy Awards (2009) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  6. ^ Indian Express article
  7. ^ Tough journey for sound wizard Resul Pookutty The Economic Times, 24 February 2009.
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  9. ^ Sen, Zinia (25 February 2009). "Pookutty: What do I dream about?". The Times of India.
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  12. ^ "There is no award like a National Award: Resul Pookutty". The Times of India. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2010.
  13. ^ "Mohanlal, Pookutty get D.Litt". Kochi: The Hindu. 17 March 2010.
  14. ^ "Nobel laureate Venky, Ilayaraja, Rahman, Aamir to receive Padma awards". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  15. ^ "Pazhassi Raja selected as best film". Thiruvananthapuram: The Hindu. 4 January 2010.
  16. ^ [" "Chakulathamma Swarvarsha Puraskaram for Resul"] Check |url= value (help).
  17. ^ "Bahadur Award 2009 for Resul". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  18. ^ "Slumdog gets 10 Oscar noms". Rediff News. Retrieved 23 January 2009.
  19. ^ IANS. "Resul Pookutty: The other Indian at the Oscars". Sify Movies. Retrieved 23 January 2009.

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