By Aditi Patwardhan. Posted on January 28, 2016
Academy Award winning sound designer Resul Pookutty has received two nominations for his work in the films Unfreedom and India’s Daughter at the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 63rd annual Golden Reel Awards. Both the films, the lesbian love thriller Unfreedom and Leslee Udwin's documentary India’s Daughter have been banned in India.
Florida-based director Raj Amit Kumar’s debut contemporary thriller Unfreedom, starring Adil Hussain and Victor Banerjee in lead roles, narrates two stories that bring forth the issues of identity among Muslims and Homosexuals. The film could not get certification of the CBFC, due to the bold scenes.
Leslee Udwin’s controversial BBC documentary India’s Daughter was banned and taken off the internet after its release in March 2015. The film handles the sensitive issue of the 2012 'Nirbhaya' rape case.
"The recognition outside India simply tells us that we have to keep our mind open as artists. I am getting messages from all over the world that we have not seen this work in India but it's being recognised outside. That is something that our policy makers need to think about," said Pookutty on this occasion, as quoted by the Deccan Herald.
Pookutty expressed his excitement about being nominated on Twitter.
Two nominations at #MPSE is a rare feat!I thank my crew & my fraternity for allowing me to grow and standing as the greatest support system.
— resul pookutty (@resulp) January 27, 2016
He also dedicated the nominations to Nirbhaya, the victim in Delhi gang rape case.
Unfreedom has been nominated in the Feature Film - Foreign Film (Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR) category. India's Daughter has received the nomination in the Television - Short Form, Documentary category.
Other films nominated for Best Sound Editing (Foreign Film) award along with Unfreedom are Dias de Gracia, Son of Saul and Northmen- A Viking Saga. Apart from India’s Daughter, Brewmore Baltimore, Deadliest Catch, Chef's Table and Undrafted have earned nominations in Television - Short Form, Documentary category.
Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant and Star Wars: The Force Awakens lead the nominations with three nominations each, while HBO's Game of Thrones received most nominations in the TV categories. The winners will be announced on 27th February.