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01-24-2013, 05:57 PM #1
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Language is just a sound for me: Resul Pookutty
From sleeping on the streets to be able to see as many international films as he can at the international film festival to conducting a Master Class at the same festival - Resul Pookutty has seen it all. "We were given 50 rupees a day by the FTII to attend the festival that happened in Kolkatta in those days. Our primary aim at night would be to find a place that served maximum food for minimum price. And that meant sleeping on streets most often," Resul reminisces with his cute smile intact. "But we also found angel in disguise when Shivendra Singh Dungarpur picked us up from the footpaths and offered his huge house to sleep with servants in attendance."
In Goa, to take the master class at the film festival and to screen his film as a producer, Resul is happy about the entire journey that brought him here. His film ID is almost biographical, he admits. "Yes. It's about search for an identity in Mumbai. And that resembles my life story to a certain extent."
Films were a childhood dream for Resul, but things were not happening. Despite the sound engineering degree from FTII, he was not getting work. And he too was happy inside the institute. " I was thrown out of the institute finally," he laughs and reveals, "And then I stood on the gates of the institute and gave a speech that almost began with 'Friends, Romans and countrymen..... and the gist was similar too. I just didn't want to leave my comfort zone. World outside the institute was unknown and unsure. There was no work beckoning either."
"The next stop was Mumbai. And work happened quite suddenly when Resul had given up on his dreams and decided to go back to the Law College in Kerala to complete his father's dream. "I had gone to see a film when someone said - 'you want to do live sound na, go to Uran and join work from tonight'. And I was stunned. But I actually bought clothes from Fashion Street, caught the next boat to Uran and joined work. There has been no looking back after that. Mumbai just absorbed me as a part of it."
Resul's name is associated with the Oscar. And now that's become the benchmark and a title for him. "To be very honest, I never thought I am going to win anything for that film," he shares. "I thought some firang is making a film on India...not many will even see it! However, Danny Boyle's honesty and passion was fantastic and infectious," he adds. "It was from him that I learnt that humanity is most important thing that binds you with your colleagues." Resul goes on to narrate an incidence which underlined this for him. "I was caught by the police when I was recording sound on the sly at the Taj. The bail and other formalities took a long time. Anybody else in Boyle's place would have resumed shooting with the other two sound designers as time was a huge constrain. And his producers advised him to do that as well. But he refused to. He said that till my man comes, I won't shoot. This touched me and made me his fan. "
Slumdog Millionaire was more than a learning experience for Resul. "It was an unlearning experience," he says. "I had to unlearn all that I had done previously and then I started experimenting. And the best part was that I was allowed to do whatever I wanted."
After having donned the sound engineer's cap for quite a few languages other than his mother tongue, Resul is now ready to do a Konkani and Marathi film in Goa. How important is it to know the language to manage the sound? "Language is just a sound for me," he says. "The words become secondary. It's the timbre and tone that's important. That's expressive... and I create the desired effect from that."
Live sound has been Resul's foray and he is against dubbing. He believes that the human brain can easily delete the sounds that it doesn't want and hear what it wants. "And the richness of the sound is in it's being 'live' and alive. And I love to capture that."