Thank you,Academy,this is not just a sound award,this is history being handed over to me. My sincere and deepest gratitude to my teachers,and Danny Boyle. Glued to the television,Satish Kumar,former professor of sound design at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and former dean,film,went blank for a moment. Across the FTII fraternity,there was a sense of euphoria.
I was ecstatic. The student whom I taught became the first Indian to win an Oscar in sound mixing just a few minutes ago. And by expressing gratitude to his teachers he touched my heart again. That was too much happiness to handle at one point of time I guess, said Kumar.
When Resul Pookutty left FTII 15 years back,the teachers knew he would make them proud as he was rated excellent. Today,when the student they admired for his innovative sync sound tracks created history and expressed his heartfelt gratitude to them,they were short of words.
Three teachers who taught Pookutty during his diploma course in sound recording at FTII shared memories they have of the man who created history.
His answer to my question whether he understood a topic or not,was usually a very endearing smile, said Kumar. PM Ramteke who took music and sound mixing classes too remembers the smile. In his student days at FTII we remembered him as an ever smiling persona. Only while working did anyone see him frown, said Ramteke.
Rated high for his pre-recording-mixing techniques,Pookutty,from the very beginning of his diploma course showed an inclination towards sync sounds.
He has his way with layered sounds. Its not all about technique; you also have to trust and develop your instincts when it comes to sound mixing. There are so many different tracks and you will have to bring them all together in a balanced way. Pookuttys dedication to sync sound sharpened his instincts for creating the perfect mix, said Ramteke.
Professor Kedarnath Awati,the current dean,film,FTII,remembers the lean figure sitting under the wisdom tree on the institute campus intently listening to sounds around him. I am not saying this because Pookutty was my student. The fact is Indian films are poor in terms of sync sound. It is Pookutty who resurrected the original sound tracks in films. He did it in Black and Gandhi My Father. Today,when he has won an Oscar,it might inspire others to pay attention to sound effects, said Awati.