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President Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil congratulates the "Slumdog Millionaire" team for its success at the Oscars

New Delhi
February 23, 2009

The President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil has been delighted by the success of the "Slumdog Millionaire" team in winning 8 Oscars at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles in the United States. 

The President is especially happy that Shri A.R. Rehman has won two Oscars in the categories of Best Song and Best Score, Shri Gulzar for winning the award for the Best Song and Shri Pookutty for doing so in the Best Sound Mixing category. 

The President has said that the awards to the three Indians, is recognition of their incredible talent at one of the highest levels by their peers. 

The President is also happy that the film, " Smile Pinki", won the Oscar in the Best Short Documentary Category. The film is about the fight of a girl against a social stigma, an issue close to the President's heart.