And Now, Resul Pookutty Reveals How Bollywood Boycotted Him After His Oscar
God knows how many more skeletons will tumble out of the cupboard in Bollywood!
A day after music maestro A.R. Rahman revealed that a gang was working against giving him work in Bollywood, his Oscar-co winner, sound designer Resul Pookutty who also won the award for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ has shared that he was on the verge of a breakdown after not getting work in the Hindi film industry, post his Oscar win, reported The Indian Express (TIE).
Calling the lack of opportunities in Bollywood the the ‘Oscar curse’ Pookutty wrote a series of tweets in reply to Shekar Kapur’s tweets.
On Sunday, Shekhar Kapur had tweeted that Rahman faced difficulties in the Hindi film industry because of his Oscar wins. He wrote in a tweet, “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…”
In his reply, Resul Pookutty tweeted on Monday, “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….”
“@shekharkapur taught me how to dream…. there were a 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 times 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! 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!” tweeted Pookutty.
It may be recalled that both A.R. Rahman and Resul Pookutty won an Oscar each in 2009 for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.