Resul Pookutty becomes first Asian to win Golden Reel Award


Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty has made the country proud by becoming the first Asian to win the award for best sound for documentary “India’s Daughter” at the coveted Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 63rd annual Golden Reel Awards.

Pookutty, 44, who attended the awards ceremony here, took to Twitter to share his excitement about winning the honour for British documentary maker Leslee Udwin-directed “India’s Daughter”, made on the Delhi gangrape incident of December 2012, which is banned in India.

“I am honoured with the Golden Reel Award for ‘India’s Daughter’. This is an incredible recognition for me as well asfor all those worked in the banned film apart from all those who protested against the brutal killing of Nirbhaya,” Pookutty told PTI from Los Angeles this afternoon.

The Oscar-winning sound engineer said he is the first Asian to win the coveted award at the 63rd Golden Reel Award from the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ (MPSE) of US for best sound.

The government had banned the film from public screening/ airing in the country.

Dedicating the award to the 23-year-old paramedic student who was brutally gangraped on December, 16 2012 following which she died, Pookutty said the film “India’s Daughter” is the true spirit of the youth of the nation.

He said the film recognises the entire spirit of the youth who protested against the inhuman treatment being meted out to girls and women.

“I dedicate this award to Nirbhaya’s soul… And her indomitable spirit,” Pookutty said.

The competing films/ television documentaries in the list included “Beware Baltimore”, “Chef’s Table”, “Deadliest Catch”, and “The Undrafted” “Mad Max: Fury Road”, “The Martian”, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “The Revenant” among others.

Pookutty said a double nomination was rarity in the industry and the beauty is that both these are Indian works.

Late last month, in a rare achievement, Pookutty had won two nominations for two films, both banned in the country, from the prestigious American Motion Picture Sound Editors’ (MPSE) Golden Reel Awards.

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”.

He 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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Karisma Kapoor files domestic violence case against husband Sunjay


Industrialist Sunjay Kapur will be summoned by the Mumbai police for questioning after his estranged wife, actor Karisma Kapoor, filed a case of dowry harassment against him. The duo is already fighting a bitter battle for divorce and their children’s custody.

Karisma’s lawyer approached the police earlier this week on behalf of the actress to submit an application. The actor has alleged physical torture in her complaint.

“We have registered the case and will conduct an inquiry into the matter based on the allegations. We will question Sunjay and his mother in the coming week,” said an officer from Khar police station.

Karisma has named both Sunjay and mother-in-law Rani Surinder Kapur in her complaint. Police sources said the allegations levelled against Sunjay and Rani are of the time between 2012 and 2013 when Karisma used to stay with them in Khar.

A senior officer requesting anonymity added that Karisma has also mentioned that Sunjay has been staying with another woman. The police said there will be no subsequent arrests before the inquiry is completed.

Meanwhile, the actress also filed a complaint of domestic violence on Friday against Kapur in Bandra metropolitan magistrate’s court. The actress has also demanded Rs 20 lakh per month from Kapur as maintenance for their kids.

“As a matter of right for my client we have sought three basic things for her in the petition. Protection of children from being taken out of Mumbai till further order, maintenance for kids as he has stopped paying and injunction order from selling the property of Kapur’s father over which he and the children have rights,” said Karisma’s lawyer Sanjog Parab.

One of the main contentions in the petition filed by Karisma is that Kapur has been staying with a woman and her child at his Delhi residence despite being married to the actor. “Her well-wishers have informed her and also gave her pictures of Kapur holidaying with this woman and her kid. We have attached these pictures to support our claim,” Parab said.

Parab further said that the court has granted interim relief to Karisma and ordered that the children will remain with her till further order. The court has now issued notice to Kapur to reply to her petition. The petition is now scheduled for hearing next month.

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Shahid Kapoor controversies prove he is Bad Boy of Bollywood!


The incredibly talented and irresistibly hot actor born on February 25, 1981 turned 35 on Thursday.

From Ishq Vishk in 2003 to Shaandaar, Bollywood heartthrob Shahid Kapoor has come a long way. The incredibly talented and irresistibly hot actor born on February 25, 1981 turned 35 on Thursday. As Shahid Kapoor fans celebrate their favorite idol’s big day, we cannot help noticing the gray side of his life. Despite being touted as talent powerhouse by the critics, Shahid has only few hits against his name. From being unprofessional to arrogant, several controversies show he is quite a Bad Boy of Bollywood.

1—Shahid Kapoor caught in string of love affairs

Shahid has not just lived his romantic hero image on screen but also off it. From dating his first co-star Hrishitaa Bhatt to Kareena Kapoor Khan with who he had the longest relationship in showbiz industry, Shahid had been a busy man. His link-up stories with actresses Priyanka Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha, Vidya Balan, Anushka Sharma, Amrita Rao and Bipasha Basu has been a major talking point.

2—Fall out with Yash Raj Films and Aditya Chopra

Working with Yash Raj Films is a dream of every actor in Bollywood but Shahid Kapoor dared to tick YRF’s head honcho Aditya Chopra off. The reports of fallout dates back to the Shuddh Desi Romancedays when Shahid signed Maneesh Sharma directed movie but backed out citing the falling health of Maneesh. Sushant Singh Rajput was roped in place of Sasha. Another reason which came out as rift between Aditya and the 35-year-old actor was ‘asked to leave because he turned up for one of their rituals in a pair of shorts’. He had also refused to attend the reading and rehearsal sessions later.

3—Arrogance and unprofessionalism

There are several instances in Shahid Kapoor’s long stay in the industry which reflected his ‘unprofessional’ behaviour openly. Shahid made Balaji Motion Pictures wait for two months before telling them on not being too keen on playing Chhota Rajan’s character in Once Upon ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara! His high headedness has been one of the reasons losing out on huge projects like Siddharth Anand’s Bang Bang, Karan Johar produced Gori Tere Pyar Mein.

4—Differences with close friends

Not just renowned filmmakers and production houses, Shahid Kapoor is quite a character in not getting off well with his close friends as well. Director and friend Ken Ghosh who directed him in his first Bollywood movie Ishq Vishk was at receiving end during their third collaboration together Chance Pe Dance. Demanding to change lead actress from Jiah Khan to Genelia D’Souza with people stating stuffs like “Shahid took very long to complete Chance Pe Dance. The budget shot up and Ken had to shell out a few crores to compensate the producers.” Other major differences with friends included choreographer-director Ahmad Khan and actor-host Manish Paul also garnered major eyeballs.

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Ex Bigg Boss contestant grabs his first Bollywood movie after the show !


This is very good news for Rishabh Sinha’s fans. The ex Bigg Boss contestant has grabbed his first Bollywood movie, Ishq vs Luv and he plays the lead in the same. The movie is being produced by Arsalaan Khan. Rishabh is paired with model Afroz Khan.

Rishabh confirmed the news to BollywoodLife, saying, “Yes, I am doing this film. I have known Afroz and the makers for quite some time now. We are good friends and everything is going smoothly.”

Rishabh is known for his successful stint in Bigg Boss 9 and to entertain the audiences with his daring and ‘hatke’ personality.

Rishabh had entered the show as a wild card entry and later became very popular amongst the contestants.

He has already made his Bollywood debut with Subhash Ghai’s Kaanchi and ‘Ishq Vs Luv’ will be his second movie.

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Priyanka Chopra Reveals Who Her Date Will Be At The Oscars


Priyanka Chopra is going to be at the Oscars, you guys! There really is no stopping this woman. She is presenting an award at the 88th Academy Awards this Sunday and is super excited about it. When Vogue asked who her date will be for the night, she responded saying:

“I’ll be taking my manager.”

And I thought it’s be Leonardo Di Caprio or something. Sigh. 😛

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Here’s Why Ayan Mukerji Cast Alia Bhatt In His Superhero Movie With Ranbir Kapoor!


Ayan Mukerji‘s next with Ranbir Kapoor seems to be an extremely intriguing project. There are rumours that it will now be on the lines of Deadpool and the movie will be a trilogy spanning over a period of 10 years. This information has played a big part in the casting of the heroine. According to a report on Open Magazine, Ayan and producer Karan Johar selected Alia Bhatt to play the heroine opposite Ranbir, not only because of the fresh pairing, but also due to the fact that Alia will still be relatively young, even after 7-8 years. Ayan is now busy working on the backstory of his superhero and has also been closely working with the VFX specialists to determine the viability of the project.

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Photo Alert: Iulia Vantur Kissing Salman Khan Is The Cutest Thing You Will See Today!


Salman Khan and Iulia Vantur have never really declared their relationship in public, but their photos say another story. The rumoured couple have been spotted in Dubai, looking great as always and now there’s a photo of Iulia kissing Salman that have been doing the rounds on the Internet.

Is she the one for Salman? What do you think?


This Is Another Disappointing News For Kareena Kapoor Khan & Ranbir Kapoor Fans!


Ranbir Kapoor is doing Sanjay Dutt‘s biopic and this news became even better when Kareena Kapoor Khan‘s name came up as one of the actresses. She would play the role of Sanjay Dutt’s sister Priya Dutt. This gave us hope after both of them refused to play siblings in Zoya Akhtar‘sDil Dhadakne Do.

However, Kareena confessed during an event recently that she hasn’t even been approached for the movie. So, doing the movie is far from the question.

Oh no! 🙁

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“I Started With An Experiment!” – Irrfan Khan Completes 10 Years In Hollywood!


Irrfan Khan has completed a decade in Hollywood, dude! His debut international project Warrior is 10 years old now and Irrfan, like wine, has only gotten better over the years. Thankfully, he has managed to sustain himself without giving into stereotypical “desi” characters and we are super proud of him of that. From playing a billionaire in Jurrasic World to playing the detective lead in A Mighty Heart, our man has done it all. He’ll further be seen in Ron Howard’s Inferno along with Tom Hanks in October 2016 and a Canadian Japanese TV Show.

About the feat, Irrfan said:

“It’s an inexpressible feeling. I started with an experiment to break the Indian stereotypical image in the west and was accepted with open arms there. I am glad to be part of two most prominent cinemas of the world and would like to express my gratitude to my fans for appreciating me for my work.”

We <3 you, Irrfan!


What’s The FIRST Thing Sanjay Dutt Will Do Upon His Release? Here’s His Full Schedule!


Sanjay Dutt, who has been serving the remainder of his five-year sentence for possession of illegal arms in the ’93 Mumbai bomb blasts case, has been released today, February 25th. The actor’s family, friends and industry colleagues are all excited to welcome him back home – but before he settles back into daily life, Dutt has a packed day ahead of him.

Here’s what his schedule is like:

Release: The prison gates open at 7am, but Sanjay Dutt’s release can be any time after that – likely around 9am – once he completes formalities. From Pune, he will take a chartered flight back to Mumbai. This is to avoid media glare and the subsequent traffic jams on the Mumbai-Pune expressway.

Mumbai: Dutt is expected to land in the city by 11am, and it is expected that there will be a huge gathering of photographers and journalists. However, he will not be speaking to the media at this time.

Siddhivinayak Temple: Dutt has planned to visit the Siddhivinayak temple, and will go there straight after landing to seek blessings.

Mother’s grave: After Siddhivinayak, the actor is planning to head to Marine Lines to seek blessings at his mother’s grave.

Homecoming: After visiting his mother, Sanjay Dutt will finally head to his apartment in Imperial Heights. Once there, he’ll go up to his home to freshen up.

Media interaction: After freshening up, the actor is expected to come back down and speak to the media about his return.

After this, we’re assuming he’s going to go back up to his home and spend time with family and, perhaps, friends who will want to visit him.

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