Slumdog team welcomed with cheers and tears of joy in India
Resul Pookutty, India's Oscar winner for Slumdog Millionnaire, arrived in Mumbai airport along with actor Irfan Khan. There was a grand reception planned for awaiting him.
As crowds celebrated his homecoming, Resul Pookutty said that he never expected such a welcome. He won the Oscar for Best Sound Mixing in the movie Slumdog Millionaire.
Sound technician Resul Pookutty and actor Irrfan Khan were virtually mobbed by a large crowd of onlookers who had gathered at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, while Azharuddin and Rubina - the two slum kids who acted in the movie were the cynosure of all eyes.
As they stepped out of the airport, the family members of both kids hugged them with tears of joy at their achievement.
Slumdwllers of Garib Nagar had hired a bus to go to the airport to receive the children, said Yakub Sheikh, a neighbour of the two children's families.
When Pookutty stepped out, a cheering crowd offered him a bottle of champagne which he opened to a huge round of applause. All the team members were then garlanded by their friends, relatives and fans. Pookutty was taken to his home in Goregaon suburb of northwest Mumbai in an open car.
Even those who had come to either see off or receive their near and dear ones at the airport joined in the celebrities by offering flowers and cheering the Indians who had brought Oscar glory to the country.
Police had made elaborate security arrangements at the airport and safely escorted the team members to their respective vehicles.
When Azharuddin and Rubina reached the slum in Bandra around 5 am, almost all the residents of Garib Nagar and the adjacent Behrampada slums were awake to receive them, said Sheikh.