I turned pro­ducer to make my kind of films: Resul Pookutty

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Os­car-win­ning sound engi­neer Resul Pookutty (right), who won the hearts of peo­ple across the globe with his work in Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire (2009), says he turned to pro­duc­tion be­cause he wanted to make a cer­tain kind of films. “To do my kind of sound work, I need to make my own films be­cause you are al­ways work­ing for some­body else ... he or she may not be al­ways be aligned with your thoughts and ideas,” Pookutty says.

“I thought why not ven­ture into the (pro­duc­tion) busi­ness be­cause I have al­ready been spend­ing time, ef­fort and money, and have been toy­ing with the idea for the last two years,” he adds.

Pookutty, who has worked for films such as Black (2005), Zinda (2006), Traf­fic Sig­nal (2007), Gandhi, My Fa­ther (2007) and Ra.One (2001), launched his own pro­duc­tion house re­cently. Adding that he for­malised what he had been do­ing for a while in­for­mally, Pookutty shares that the long term plan of the com­pany is also to do sys­tem­atic in­vest­ment in Hol­ly­wood pro­duc­tions. “Our strat­egy is to do good cin­ema — make our kind of In­dian cin­ema and also do sys­tem­atic in­vest­ment in projects that I am part of in Hol­ly­wood,” says the Padma Shri awardee.

The 44-year-old is also plan­ning to make two to three films ev­ery year di­rected by Pookutty and other di­rec­tors as well.

Ask him if the house is go­ing to rope in new­com­ers, and he says: “At the mo­ment, our plan is to align with the A-list ac­tors, but if the script de­mands a new face, we would not mind align­ing with new­com­ers. There is no hard and fast rule. Small bud­get is not at all an is­sue. I know the strength and the po­ten­tial of such films as well.”

Be­sides be­ing a pro­ducer, Pookutty also dubbed in Hindi for the first time for the up­com­ing film, Gour Hari Das­taan - The Free­dom File, which is a biopic on free­dom fighter Gour Hari Das.

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