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Film sound designer, sound editor and mixer Resul Pookutty, seen here at the book launch event of his autobiography in Mumbai on May 13, 2010, won a Golden Reel Award Feb. 27 for the film, “India’s Daughter.” (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty added to his awards cache the prestigious American Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Golden Reel Award Feb. 27, taking home the trophy for ‘Best Sound Editing & Music: TV Documentary Short Form’ for “India’s Daughter.”

Leslee Udwin’s acclaimed documentary, “India’s Daughter,” which was banned in India two days before its scheduled broadcast, tells the story of the brutal rape and eventual death of a 23-year-old medical student, Jyoti Singh (widely known as ‘Nirbhaya’), in New Delhi in December of 2012.

The award makes Pookutty the first Asian to win this honor. After his epic win, an ecstatic Pookutty took to Twitter to express his emotions: “And we won the #63rd Golden Reel Award for #India’s Daughter! First in Asia a Golden reel coming home to India!”

Pookutty, 44, who won an Oscar for “Slumdog Millionaire” in 2009, later dedicated the award to “Nirbhaya’s soul.”

“Is it true that I really got it? It’s for the true spirit of the youth of India. This goes to Nirbhaya’s soul..!” Pookutty wrote in another post.

“India’s Daughter” was pitted against the likes of “Brewmore Baltimore,” “Chef’s Table” (“Francis Mallmann”), “Deadliest Catch” (5 Year Storm – part 2) and “Undrafted.”

In a rare achievement, Pookutty also earned another nomination in the ‘Feature Film – Foreign Film’ (Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue & ADR) category for “Unfreedom,” a film espousing homosexuality, at the 63rd edition of the awards that were held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.

“Unfreedom,” which stars Adil Hussain, Victor Banerjee and Ankur Vikal, among others, was also banned in India for its inflammatory content.

The Golden Reel Awards honor the year’s best work in the various areas of sound editing: Dialogue, ADR, Effects, Foley and Music. 

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