A sound apart

Fresh approach

A sound apart

When Academy Award winner Resul Pookutty was approached by filmmaker Apoorva Kasaravalli to work in his directorial venture, ‘Niruttara’, the former agreed because he found the story and the style of narration very fresh and insightful.

‘Niruttara’, feels Resul, has given him a break from the usual masala, commercial ventures that he has been working on. He particularly enjoys the challenge of having to work on aspects that he hasn’t really explored earlier. Resul who was recently in the city, talks to Nina C George about his experience of working in his first Kannada film.

What made you accept ‘Niruttara’?

It is definitely the script that clinched the deal. I like the way a single story or an incident has been narrated through different perspectives. The script gave me an insight that a single incident can actually be many incidents put together as one.

The original story of ‘Niruttara’ has been picked up from literature and I liked the way some of the issues in society have been positioned. We’ve also experimented with different kinds of sound and have included traditional folk tunes as a part of the mixing process.

What has been your experience of working with a new team?

I am working with Apoorva Kasaravalli, son of a prolific filmmaker like Girish Kasaravalli. Both of them look at cinema from totally different perspectives. I had recently visited Chamundeshwari Studio and I got the same feel I get at some of the old studios in Chennai. The original charm and feel of the Chamundeshwari Studio has been retained because the owner didn’t want the place to be altered. Despite a few changes, the place still has its charm.

Do you think Kannada cinema is going through a transition of sorts?

There is a whole new breed of directors in the Kannada film industry. Raam Reddy’s ‘Thithi’ is a classic example and when it won a couple of awards, I remember someone saying that Indian cinema is now going through its golden period. I was also moved by the movie ‘Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu’ which deals with very relevant issues.

Tell us about your music studio in Bengaluru?

My studio in Bengaluru will be one-of-its-kind in South Asia. It is the weather and the fact that Bengaluru attracts a lot of IT crowd that prompted me to start my studio here. There will be a lot of cinema-related work happening in the studio and there are already about 30 world class sound engineers who have evinced interest in working in the studio. Government approval and last minute paper work is the only thing that is delaying the inauguration. 

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