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    Language is just another sound , says Resul Pookutty describing his work on Gour Hari Dastaan

    NOT many know that Oscar-winnerA�Resul Pookutty once wanted to become a physicist and win the Nobel Prize.A�Today, with back-to-back releases spanning Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam and Hollywood, the sound engineer must admit he has done pretty well for himself. His latest offering Gour Hari Dastaan, starring Vinay Pathak,A� Konkona Sen Sharma and Ranvir Shorey, (that spans 1945 to 2006) is the true account of a man who fought for the nationa��s independenceA�andA�then falls prey to corruption in modern India. a�?I was deeply movedA� by the dialogues, which is why I decided to sign it,a�? says Pookutty, who finished work on it nearly a year ago, but re-visited its sound design recently to give it a new perspective. He has also lent his voice for a tense scene in the film, which was screened at Cannes and the Beijing International Film FestivalA� in May.

    Right note
    Pookutty has given sound a unique twist in the filma��using the sounds of trains to denote jumps in time. a�?I employed the sound of a steam engine as a metaphor for the pre-Independent era and progressed to electric trains as the action moved to recent times,a�? says theA�44-year-old,A�who has an impressive line-up of films in hand.A�His Bollywood ventures includeA�Jaanisar, a period love story,A�Nanak Shah Fakir, a biopic on Guru Nanak andA�JazbaA�starring Aishwarya Rai, besides the Malayalam film Pathemari, with Mamooty, AppavinA�A� Meesai, a coming-of-age Tamil filmA� with Rohini, and the Hollywood film, Promise Dad, which is about ice skating.A�Claiming that the movies a�?pick hima�?, the sound engineer adds, a�?For me, language is just a piece of sound and does not come in the way of a story. In the end, I only look at the emotional connect to join the chords together and make you feel what you see on screen.a�?

    Going for the take
    All set with his directorial debut inA�Bollywood next year, Pookutty says that like every film student he dreamed of becoming a director. a�?But given my physics background, sound was an easy way into the institute. And once there, my perspectives changed and I began studying it as a craft,a�? saysA� Pookutty. Choosing human drama followed by romance as his favourite genres,A�he picksA�Danny Boyle as his favourite directorA�and Piku as one of the best films hea��s seen so far.
    Gour Hari Dastaan is scheduled to release onA�August 14.

    A�a��Niranjana Hariharanandanan


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