On my pinboard

On my pinboard

Academy Award winner Resul Pookutty has proved his uncanny ability to create something truly unique out of ordinary sounds. He goes into the open with his equipment and captures the real sounds around for all his films rather than work within the four walls.

The sound designer, sound editor and mixer has been a part of Hollywood, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada film industries. He became a familiar name when he won the Oscar, along with Richard Pryke and Ian Tapp, for ‘Best Sound Mixing’ for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.
His other known films are ‘Black’, ‘Endhiran’, ‘Highway’, ‘PK’ etc. Resul, who was inthe City recently for BIFFes, shared hislove for the arts, his inspirations and favourite cuisines.

1  |  Music
A R Rahman

I would like to slot my love for music into two categories — Indian classical music and film composers. In the former category is Ashish Sankrityayan from the ‘Dhrupad’ tradition.  Among the film composers, I admire AR Rahman, not because I am working with him but I like the way he approaches music. He has created a vast pool of music. He is one musician who has been able to hold the collective conscience of Indian music lovers.

2  |  Philosophy
Jiddu Krishnamurti

I admire the works of Jiddu Krishnamurti but my all-time favourite is ‘Bhagavad Gita’. Nothing compares to the power of the ‘Gita’ for it provides new insights about life and unravels the mystery surrounding it. And, I consider Lord Krishna as the ultimate philosopher. I have read a lot of Osho. I think he can write and elucidate effortlessly on any subject, including Zen, communism, mythology, Western philosophy and Taoism.

3  |  Book
Mahasweta Devi

I am in love with the works of Mahasweta Devi. I think her writings are rooted in Bengal and the works she has done about her people talks to the universe with a sense of truth and belongingness. My favourite writer is Yasunari Kawabata. I love his  book ‘Hand Of The Palm Stories’. Whenever I read Kawabata, it makes me feel that someone is taking me on his palm and showing me the world. The versatility of the universe he creates is unique.

4  |  Theatre
Feroz Abbas Khan

If there’s one artiste who needs to be  praised for his body of work, it is Feroz Abbas Khan who has managed to take theatre to a different level altogether. I find his work very original and even his adaptations have a personal touch to it. Feroz is celebrated for his original and seminal work. He has done plenty of Gujarati, Marathi and English works. The important thing about his works is that they are never too dramatic or over the top but straight and unpretentious. 

5  |  Cuisine

I am a die-hard foodie but always prefer to settle down for a bowl of green gram gruel and the accompanying chutney, which is a typical Kerala dish. I feel completely satiated when I have this as a meal. That apart, I also like some of the typical Ethiopian dishes such as ‘Injera’, ‘Sambusa’ and ‘Shiro’. I refrain from eating too much meat and if given a choice, always prefer to stick to a vegetarian fare.  

6  |  Inspiration
Ritwik Ghatak

I have a definite choice when it comes to people who have inspired me in the film industry. The works of Ritwik Ghatak both inspired and influenced me. There’s always a sense of boldness and truth about Ritwik’s work. I had different people inspiring me at different stages of my life. When I was in school, I was fascinated by the life of Abraham Lincoln and wanted to be like him; then Gandhiji and his philosophy impressed me for a long time. (As told to Nina C George)

7  |  Travel

I  like to travel to unexplored places…I love to watch the sea and the mountains as I feel all the deep and high things are silent. I used to trek a lot and there is not a single peak in Western Ghats that I have not climbed. When I go up to those heights, I feel the clouds in my palm. The most unforgettable place that I have visited is a  small island far away in Sweden called Visby, where Ingmar Bergman lived and worked. There are only 500 people in that small and quaint island. The view and sound of Baltic sea is something unforgettable.

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