I am pained at the suppression of artistic freedom

Banning films is nullifying the will of the people Resul Pookutty
Features Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 19:14

The 44-year-old artist of "Slumdog Millionaire" fame has won nominations for his sound engineering work in "Unfreedom", a US production, and "India's Daughter".

Resul Pookutty noted that all his international recognitions came for the work he has done in India, but expressed anguish over the ban imposed on both the films in the country.

"I don't understand why a progressive society like ours should react the way we do now. I am pained at the suppression of artistic freedom," he had said earlier, adding these two works are analysis of extreme violence, which any progressive society should welcome.

"By banning such films we are nullifying the will of the people," Pookutty said.

The MPSE recognises excellence in an array of sound editing achievement, from sound effects and foley to dialogue and ADR to music and score integration.

The MPSE is the final industry group to announce nominees this year and remains the only group to do so after annual Academy Award nominations.

"India's Daughter" was directed, written and produced by British director Leslee Udwin. Though the documentary was banned in India, it was globally beamed on March 4 last year.

"Unfreedom", which espouses homosexuality, is the debut film of Florida, US-based director Raj Amit Kumar. The film, starring Adil Hussain and Victor Banerjee, is also banned in the country by the Censor Board.

The thriller chronicles a lesbian love story set in New York and New Delhi and is said to be inspired by Faiz Ahmad Faiz's poem - "Ye Dagh Dagh Ujala". The film is expected to hit North American halls on May 29.

Pookutty is a film sound designer, sound editor and mixer, and lives in Mumbai with his family. He is a graduate of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.

He, along with Richard Pryke and Ian Tapp, had won the Academy Awards for best sound mixing for the Britsh production "Slumdog Millionaire".

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