Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 23 (IANS) From the village council head to ministers, politicians of all hues are making a beeline to laud Resul Pookuty's Oscar win.
Saraswati Amma, president of the Eroor panchayat, said: 'I don't have words to express my happiness. Resul lifted our village to the heights of glory. We are proud of him. VVIPs including ministers, film stars and common men are flocking to my remote village because of his achievement.'
Pookutty Monday became the first Indian to bag an Oscar for best sound mixing for the film 'Slumdog Millionaire'.
'We all are at his residence in Vilakkupara (Resul's home town in Kollam district),' said Saraswati Amma.
She said the village would accord a grand 'people's welcome' for Pookutty.
'He spoke to all of us. He is very happy. We will organise 'people's welcome' to receive Resul,' Saraswati Amma told IANS over phone.
K. Raju, legislator from Punaloor, said: 'It is a rare moment in history. We all are in the mood of celebration. We don't know how to celebrate it. Nothing is enough to celebrate this unforgettable moment in life.'
Vilakkupara is in Punaloor assembly constituency.
Kerala Agriculture Minister Mullakkara Ratnakaran, who was at Pookutty's home, said: 'Resul's victory is the village man's victory and it shows the Malyali capability to win the things that are considered impossible.'
Water Resource Minister N.K. Premachandran said: 'I salute the great artiste for his achievement.'
The two ministers are from Kollam district.
Minister of state for External Affairs E. Ahamed said: 'It is an unforgettable moment for every Indian, especially every Keralite. Resul's valuable contribution has been recognised internationally.'
Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president Ramesh Chennithala said: 'No doubt, it is a proud moment. We must celebrate it.'