Tears, cheers and sweets at Pookutty's Kerala home

Anchal (Kerala), Feb 23 (IANS) His family was in tears, villagers crowding around a TV set in front of his house here cheered and plates of sweets did the rounds as Resul Pookutty became the first Indian to bag an Oscar for best sound mixing for critically acclaimed film "Slumdog Millionaire".

Tension had built up in the neighbourhood as the Oscar for sound editing did not go to "Slumdog Millionaire", but shouts of joy broke out when Pookutty, 36, was declared the winner for sound mixing.

"We decided to place a TV in front of our home because since last evening the mood was building up. He (Pookutty) called me las