Pookutty, who shared the Oscar with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke for their work in the movie, said while accepting the award, "This is unbelievable. I share this stage with two magicians...I dedicate this award to my country."
Pookutty, who lives in Mumbai with his wife and two young children, got his big break in Bollywood with the critically acclaimed 2005 Hindi film Black directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He won the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) too
He also worked for movies like Musafir (2004), Zinda (2006), Traffic Signal (2007), Gandhi My Father (2007), Saawariya (2007) and Dus Kahaniyaan (2007) as well as the 2008 blockbuster Ghajini, starring Aamir Khan.