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The Oscar-winning Indian sound designer gets two Golden Reel nominations for banned films

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The Oscar-winning Indian sound designer Pookutty gets two Golden Reel nominations for two of his banned films in India - "Unfreedom" and "India's Daughters".

The Oscar-winning Indian sound designer Resul Pookutty, 44, is again nominated at the Motion Picture Sound Editors 63rd annual Golden Reel Awards for  “Unfreedom” a film based on homosexuality, and for Leslee Udwin’s BBC documentary “India’s Daughter” that narrates the story of the Delhi gang rape of the 23-year-old student (whom media named Nirbhaya,). Both movies are banned in India. 

“Unfreedom”, a film on homosexuality, was nominated in Feature Film – Foreign Film (Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue & ADR) category. Directed by Raj Amit Kumar, the film was banned in India due to its bold scenes. While, Leslee Udwin’s controversial BBC documentary “India’s Daughter”, received nomination in the Television – Short Form, Documentary category. 

Mr Pookutty said the ‘recognition outside India simply says we have to keep our mind open as artistes’, as he gets messages from all over the world on his work, which has not been seen in India. Perhaps policy makers should think about the irony, adding that he has dedicated the honour to the 2012 Delhi gang rape victim ‘Nirbhaya’. He also took to the social site - Twitter to share his excitement with the fans for earning the nominations. "Two nominations at #MPSE is a rare feat! I thank my crew and my fraternity for allowing me to grow and standing as the greatest support system," he tweeted.

In 2009, Pookutty also won an Oscar for “Slumdog Millionaire”. The Award Ceremony is to be held in Los Angeles on 27th February, 2016.

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