Hindi film in­dus­try has to rein­vent it­self: Pookutty

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shar­jah — Hindi film in­dus­try in In­dia needs to look be­yond just ‘run­ning around trees’ and rein­vent it­self, es­pe­cially in terms of tech­nol­ogy and lit­er­a­ture used in cinema, said Academy Award win­ner Re­sul Pookutty.

The In­dian sound de­signer, who shared an Os­car Award with Richard Pryke and Ian Tapp for their work in the 2008 hit

said Hol­ly­wood makes mil­lions in cash from re­leases in In­dia, with­out a sin­gle “ru­pee worth of in­vest­ment”.

Speak­ing to Khaleej Times dur­ing the re­lease of his book ‘Sound­ing Off: The Mem­oirs of an Os­car­win­ning Sound De­signer, on Fri­day at the 37th Shar­jah In­ter­na­tional Book Fair (SIBF), Pookutty re­vealed that the up­com­ing Tamil movie 2.0 is one of his most am­bi­tious projects to date.

In a bid to rein­vent cinema pro­duc­tion, and pro­vide movie­go­ers with a truly re­mark­able ex­pe­ri­ence, Pookutty and a team of sound pro­fes­sion­als have de­vel­oped ‘4D (four-di­men­sional) sound’ for

He said: “In a reg­u­lar movie the­atre that ap­plies the Dolby At­mos sur­round sound, there are 40-60 speak­ers. In a 4D SRL tech­nol­ogy, there are 420 speak­ers in a the­atre. In this case, the sound will come to the viewer. That’s the enor­mity of the work we are do­ing. How­ever, the script and the movie nar­ra­tive de­manded this kind of for­mat to be de­vel­oped.”

‘My book was spo­ken, not writ­ten’

Pookutty has had a re­mark­able jour­ney from a small vil­lage in Ker­ala to ac­cept­ing an Os­car award. Speak­ing about his book, Pookutty said the words of the book were nar­rated and not writ­ten. The au­to­bi­og­ra­phy talks about the amaz­ing odyssey of a vil­lage boy from Ker­ala whose re­silience and con­vic­tion took him to the very cut­ting edge of cin­e­matic sound tech­nol­ogy — from strug­gling in the ruth­less film world of Mumbai to win­ning in­ter­na­tional glory.

Pookutty also calls him­self the most blessed sound tech­ni­cian in In­dia. “A lot of my work is in­spired from my child­hood ex­pe­ri­ences,” he said, cit­ing that tech­ni­cians have fi­nally gone from be­ing anony­mous to be­com­ing rock stars in the in­dus­try.

Speak­ing about his de­but as an ac­tor with Prasad Prab­hakar’s bilin­gual film a story of a sound de­signer work­ing hard to re­alise his dream of record­ing all sounds of the famed Thris­sur Pooram, an an­nual tem­ple fes­ti­val in Ker­ala, Pookutty said: “It’s not just the mu­sic, but the sound of the en­tire tra­di­tion, one that has been car­ried over for a thou­sand years. This, cou­pled with the en­ergy of the peo­ple and the ele­phants, puts one in a state of trance.”

The five-day fes­ti­val in­volves the assem­bly of nearly 60 ele­phants and more than a mil­lion peo­ple across 70 acres of land.

Ad­vis­ing as­pir­ing sound tech­ni­cians in In­dia, Pookutty said: “Noth­ing beats hard work. That and ed­u­cat­ing your­self with tech­ni­cal knowl­edge is the key to suc­cess. Young peo­ple who want a ca­reer in sound en­gi­neer­ing must ed­u­cate them­selves.”

In a reg­u­lar movie the­atre that ap­plies the Dolby At­mos sur­round sound, there are 40-60 speak­ers. In a 4D SRL tech­nol­ogy, there are 420 speak­ers in a the­atre.”

Re­sul Pookutty, Academy Award win­ner

Re­sul Pookutty dur­ing his book re­lease func­tion on Fri­day.

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