The Oscar Factor? After Rahman, Resul Pookutty Claims "Nobody Gave Him Work In Hindi Films"
The Oscar Factor? After Rahman, Resul Pookutty Claims "Nobody Gave Him Work In Hindi Films"
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The Oscar Factor? After Rahman, Resul Pookutty Claims "Nobody Gave Him Work In Hindi Films"

Sound designer Resul Pookutty says he suffered "a near breakdown" because he allegedly received little or no work in the Hindi film industry after winning an Oscar

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Highlights

  • Rahman recently spoke darkly of a "gang working against" him
  • "Nobody was giving me work in Hindi films," said Resul Pookutty
  • "Regional cinema held me tight after I won the Oscar," he added
New Delhi:

Is an Oscar really "the kiss of death" in Bollywood, as filmmaker Shekhar Kapur claims as an explanation for why composer A R Rahman is allegedly being shut out of film projects? Sound designer Resul Pookutty says he suffered "a near breakdown" because he allegedly received little or no work in the Hindi film industry after winning an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire, the same film that gave Rahman his double win. Rahman, much loved and much admired globally, recently spoke darkly of a "gang working against" him, because of which he's allegedly getting fewer films. Shekhar Kapur explained this as "more talent than Bollywood can handle," in response to which Resul Pookutty added his post-Oscar experience.

Here's what @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.... https://t.co/j5CMNWDqqr

— resul pookutty (@resulp) July 26, 2020

Rahman's own response to Mr Kapur's hypothesis was typically Rahman. "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," he tweeted. Rahman won his Oscars - for Best Original Score and Best Original Song - in 2009.

The cliquishness of the film industry has been something of a hot button topic ever since actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death, allegedly by suicide. Several high-profile producers boycotted Mr Rajput despite his several screen successes, unconfirmed reports say; the Maharashtra government announced that the police investigation into the actor's death would also probe allegations that he was depressed because of professional rivalry.

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