Resul Pookutty is an Academy Award nominated Indian film sound designer and mixer. Pookutty hails from Kollam, Kerala. He is a 1995 graduate from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
Pookutty moved to Mumbai after his graduation. He termed it as "a natural immigration as a graduate of the institute." He pointed out that "Ninety-five per cent of the technicians of the Mumbai film industry are alumni of FTII, Pune." Pookutty debuted in sound design with the 1997 film Private Detective: Two Plus Two Plus One, directed by Rajat Kapoor. He got his big break with the critically acclaimed 2005 film Black, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He subsequently engineered sound for major productions like Musafir (2004), Zinda (2006), Traffic Signal (2007), Gandhi, My Father (2007), Saawariya (2007) and Dus Kahaniyaan (2007). In an interview in February 2008, he named Gandhi, My Father as one of his "most emotional(ly) troubled film". He said "I got emotional. I wept. I was emotionally troubled while mixing the film. There is lot of me in the film. I tried to get a particular texture, its kind of ageing in Gandhi's voice from his young to old days. We worked on that with actors, in the mixing stages, to get a particular texture which involved lot of multi-micro phoning and multi-track recording and effectively used that." He described working with Danny Boyle, whom he describes as one of his favourite directors for Slumdog Millionaire as a "completely new experience". He said "The format was never a concern. Let it be film, let it be video, let it be still camera, the sequence has to be shot. The film was demanding a particular format and not the format was deciding the film. So we shot on many kinds of film cameras, more than fifty percent in digital camera." He expressed his disappointment on the dearth of recognition for technical work in Bollywood films in the same interview: "Everything is technical excellence, it's all related to commercial success of the film. That is very, very sad. That only happens in Hindi cinema. Whereas abroad and in Europe, it's not that. If you have technically fine job, whether the film is a success or not, it is acknowledged by the community and the guild."
He designed sound for the 2008 blockbuster Ghajini, starring Aamir Khan and directed by Murugadoss. His first major international project Slumdog Millionaire won him an Academy award nomination.