After the glorious victory at the Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire, Resul Pookutty along with his wife and Irrfan Khan arrived at the Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport early on Thursday morning. A large crowd of people waited to welcome of the Oscar winner.
The Sound Association had brought banners, placards and life size cutouts of Pookutty. There were slogans of Jai Ho! coming from all the corners of Airport, garlands and a car decorated with flowers awaited him.The Jai Ho! song was played as soon as he stepped outside.
But once he was out of the airport chaos reigned as everyone rushed towards Resul to catch a gilmpse of the Indian hero with the Oscar in his hand. Resul was escorted out under tight police security.
The crowd swelled and the press conference that was supposed to be held at the aiport premises had to be called off due to security reasons. Resul, his wife Shadia and actor Irrfan Khan were rushed into a police van and driven away.
Resul's sister and his two kids son 4-year old Rayan and daughter Salna, who will turn one on Friday were waiting outside the airport, but had to leave seeing the commotion.
Image: Resul Pookutty with the Oscar trophy, his son Rayan and Irrfan Khan
Text: Patcy N | Photograph: Hitesh Harisinghani