President, PM congratulate Rahman, Pookutty

February 23rd, 2009 - 3:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Pratibha PatilNew Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday congratulated the entire team of “Slumdog Millionaire” for sweeping the Oscars and said A.R. Rahman and Resul Pookutty have “made India proud”.
In her message the president said: “I congratulate the winning team of ‘Slumdog Millionare’ and especially A.R. Rahman and Resul Pookutty for winning the Oscars in the three categories.”

“They have made India proud,” she said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also congratulated Rahman, Pookutty and Gulzar and the entire “Slumdog Millionare” team “for their success at the Oscars.”

“They have done India proud,” he said in his message.

British director Danny Boyle’s hit film not only won the Oscars for best picture and best director at Sunday night’s annual Academy Awards ceremony at Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, but also in six other categories including two for Rahman.

Rahman picked up the awards for his best original score and for also the best original song “Jai ho” from the film with lyrics by Gulzar and Sukhwinder Singh as the lead singer.

Apart from Rahman, Pookutty shared the Oscar with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke in the sound mixing category in the rags-to-riches story.

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