Resul Pookutty

Resul Pookutty
Born Resul Pookutty
(1971-05-30) 30 May 1971
Vilakkupara, Kollam, Kerala, India
Residence Mumbai, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Film sound design, Acting
Years active 1997 – present
Spouse(s) Shadia[1]
Children 2

Resul Pookutty (born 30 May 1971)[2] is an Indian film sound designer, sound editor and mixer.[3][4] He, along with Richard Pryke and Ian Tapp won the Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing for Slumdog Millionaire.[5] He has worked in Hollywood, Hindi cinema, Tamil cinema and Malayalam Cinema.

Early life

Born in a family in Vilakkupara, near Anchal about 40 km from Kollam, Kerala. He was the youngest of eight children born to an impoverished family. 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 MSM College, Kayamkulam in 1987–1990.[8] He pursued a career in law from Govt. Law college Thiruvananthapuram. However, he was unable to complete it. He is a 1995 graduate from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, and later in 2014 June he wrote the remaining LLB exam papers at Thiruvananthapuram college. And he said that it was Resul's father's desire to make him an advocate.[4]


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

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


2007Traffic SignalHindi
2007Gandhi, My FatherHindi
2007Dus KahaniyaanHindi
2009Slumdog MillionaireEnglish
2009Kerala Varma Pazhassi RajaMalayalam
2011Adaminte Makan Abu''Malayalam
2012The Best Exotic Marigold HotelEnglish
2013Kunjananthante KadaMalayalam
2014Ankhon DekhiHindi
2015UnfreedomHindi and English
2017Oru Kadhai Sollatuma
The Sound Story
2018Kammara SambhavamMalayalam



  1. It's been an unbelievable ride' The Times of India, 24 January 2009.
  3. 1 2 3 "Resul – the other Indian Oscar nominee". NDTV Movies. Archived from the original on 14 February 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2009.
  4. 1 2 3 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.
  8. Sen, Zinia (25 February 2009). "Pookutty: What do I dream about?". The Times of India.
  11. "There is no award like a National Award: Resul Pookutty". The Times of India. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2010.
  12. "Mohanlal, Pookutty get D.Litt". Kochi: The Hindu. 17 March 2010.
  13. "Nobel laureate Venky, Ilayaraja, Rahman, Aamir to receive Padma awards". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  14. "Pazhassi Raja selected as best film". Thiruvananthapuram: The Hindu. 4 January 2010.
  15. [" "Chakulathamma Swarvarsha Puraskaram for Resul"] Check |url= value (help).
  16. "Bahadur Award 2009 for Resul". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011.
  17. "Slumdog gets 10 Oscar noms". Rediff News. Retrieved 23 January 2009.
  18. IANS. "Resul Pookutty: The other Indian at the Oscars". Sify Movies. Retrieved 23 January 2009.
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