Resul Pookutty

Resul Pookutty. (IANS photo)

NEW DELHI — Oscar-winning Indian sound designer Resul Pookutty says getting nominated at the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 63rd annual Golden Reel Awards for films banned in India tells us that “we have to keep our mind open as artistes.” He has dedicated the “honor” to the 2012 Delhi gang rape victim.

“The recognition outside India simply tells us that we have to keep our minds open as artistes. I am getting messages from all over the world that we have not seen this work in India, but it’s being recognized outside. That is something that our policy makers need to think about,” Pookutty told IANS over the phone from Mumbai.

Pookutty has received nominations for “Unfreedom,” a film based on homosexuality, and Leslee Udwin’s controversial BBC documentary “India’s Daughter,” which tells the story of the Delhi gang rape of 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist Jyoti, whom media called Nirbhaya, on Dec. 16, 2012 in a moving bus. The award ceremony will be held in Los Angeles in February.

Directed by Raj Amit Kumar, “Unfreedom” has been nominated in the Feature Film - Foreign Film (Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR) category, while “India’s Daughter” will compete in the Television - Short Form, Documentary category.

Having won an Oscar for “Slumdog Millionaire” in 2009, Pookutty dedicated his nominations to the victim of the brutal gang rape that shook the entire world and also inspired the foreign filmmaker to make a documentary on the subject.

“For me, to be able to work in a film that depicts her (Jyoti) story was a responsibility. Today, that work has been recognized at the world’s highest platform. I definitely want to dedicate it to her (Jyoti) and her parents. I think they have behaved far more wisely than the most educated in this country,” said the 44-year-old.

“Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Martian,” “The Revenant” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” lead the way on the film side with three nominations apiece while HBO’s hit show “Game of Thrones” came out on top in the TV categories with a trio of mentions as well.

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