Resul Pookutty says no one in Bollywood would give him work after his Oscar win
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Resul Pookutty says no one in Bollywood would give him work after his Oscar win

The sound designer revealed he was ‘near breakdown’

After composer AR Rahman claimed he was being sabotaged in the Hindi film industry yesterday, Resul Pookutty has spoken out about also being shunned. In 2009, Resul won the Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing, along with Richard Pryke and Ian Tapp, for Slumdog Millionaire. It was after this that he could not win any work.

In response to filmmaker Shekar Kapur tweet where he said Rahman’s fault was that he won an Oscar, Resul said, “Dear @shekharkapur ask me about it, I had gone through near breakdown as nobody was giving me work in Hindi films and regional cinema held me tight after I won the Oscar... There were production houses told me at my face ‘we don’t need you’ but still I love my industry, for it....”

Continuing the conversation, he wrote, “…it taught me how to dream… there were handful of people who trusted me and believed in me, they still do! I could have easily shifted to Hollywood but I didn’t and will not… my work in India won me the Oscar, I got nominated six time for #MPSE and won too… again all that for the work I have done here.. There will always people to run you down but I have far more faith in my people than anybody else!”

He spoke about an Oscar Curse, “And much later when I discussed this with my @TheAcademy members friends they told me about #OscarCurse! It’s faced by everybody! I enjoyed going through that phase, when you are on top of the world & when you know people reject you, it’s the biggest reality check!”
However, he concluded any debate by saying. “Oscar curse is over, we moved on. I’m also not liking the direction in which the whole nepotism discussion is going. So peace! I’m not blaming anybody for not taking me in their films folded hands,” he wrote.

Yesterday, Shekhar tweeted that Rahman was being sabotaged in Bollywood because he proved he was too talented by winning Oscars. “You know what your problem is @arrahman? You went and got #Oscars. An Oscar is the kiss of death in Bollywood. It proves you have more talent than Bollywood can handle,” Shekhar wrote.

Rahman replied to the tweet by saying, “Lost Money comes back, fame comes back, but the wasted prime time of our lives will never come back. Peace! Let’s move on. We have greater things to do.”

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