India, India and India ---- The word for the day at the Kodak Theatre and all over the globe was 'India', as it swept the Oscar stage in some form or the other.
Everyone was for sure blown over with the Oscar mania in this years 81stedition of the Academy Awards held in Los Angeles on 22ndFebruary. It was clear by the time the ceremony ended India was all excited in jubilation with the success of 'Slumdog Millionaire' (Film based in India) and the 8 Oscar Awards it won this year. Glorifying tributes were paid to Indian Cinema at an international stage in the form of individual achievements at the Academy Awards of some of its most artists like Gulzaar saab, A.R. Rahman and Resul Pookutty. There were huge expectations from A.R. Rahman on the Oscar eve and he surely did not disappoint his huge fan base back in India and won not one but two Oscars. He got the first one for Best Original Score and shared the second one with noted lyricist Gulzaar for Best Original Song (Jai Ho-Slumdog Millionaire).
Resul became the first Asian technician to win an Oscar for Best Sound Mixing. He summed up well when in his acceptance speech he said “Thank you Academy, this is not just a sound award, this is history being handed over to me.”
That is not where it ended for India. A 39 minute short documentary titled 'Smile Pinky', directed by an American Director Megan Mylan, based on a 6 yr old Indian girl and set in Dabai village, Uttar Pradesh won the Best Short Documentary Oscar award. And finally A.R Rahman’s spectacular stage performance, first in the history of India where the Oscar event has a Indian show on stage.