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Blaze of fame for Vilakkupara

Ignatius Pereira



Resul Pookutty

VILAKKUPARA: The Oscar glory brought by sound engineer Resul Pookutty to India turned into a high-octane celebration in the usually sleepy village of Vilakkupara in Kerala’s Kollam district on Monday from where he hails. His natal home there turned into a hotspot of celebration.

A crowd was sitting glued to the television set in tense silence from 5.30 a.m. at the house. Finally by 9 a.m., when the announcement for the sound mixing category, “and the Oscar goes to Slumdog Millionaire,” came, everyone exploded with joy.

Some yelled out in excitement, others wildly hugged one another and many of the womenfolk cried out.

Soon the silence returned, to listen to Mr. Pookutty speak after accepting the Oscar. Both at the house and in different locations at Vilakkupara firecrackers were burst.

All his seven siblings, four sisters and three brothers, with their families, were present. With tears in her eyes, sister Zeenat said the whole family was “very, very sad” that their parents were no more with them to celebrate the great recognition Resul had earned. It was again with tears of joy that his siblings distributed sweets to all present.

With a lump in his throat, Mr. Pookutty’s brother-in-law A.K. Nazaruddin said the whole family was simply baffled by the award. Mr. Nazaruddin is the man who was primarily instrumental in encouraging Mr. Pookutty to join the Film and TelevisionInstitute of India in Pune. “Right from a young age there was cinematic potential in him.”

He said the family would organise a grand welcome to Resul when he arrives in Vilakkupara.

Kerala’s Minister for Education and Cultural Affairs, M.A. Baby, who arrived at the house to congratulate the relatives on behalf of the State Government, said that the government would honour Mr. Pookutty in a fitting manner.

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