The album of Oscar-award winning sound designer Resul Pookutty’s Oru Kadhai Solattuma was launched at an event in Chennai. The movie marks his acting debut and falls under the genre of a documentary fiction. Resul plays a sound engineer who covers the famed Thrissur Pooram festival. The performance of the several hundred artistes was recorded live for the movie.
While the film is all about sound, it has one song sung by Sunitha Sarathy and the film’s music director Rahul Raj. The lyrics has been penned down by Vairamuthu.
Talking at the event, Resul said that it was his dream to record the Pooram festival live. “I had mentioned so in an interview years ago. Now I got an opportunity to do it, thanks to this team,” said Resul. However recording several hundred artists live isn’t an easy task. “When I was scouting Thrissur for the right sound, we visited a few temples but couldn’t get the sound I needed. And then I happened to go into this ‘Idai vela’ (small street). I clapped my hands and found the sound was right. At that point I was told that Pooram started 1000s of years ago at the exact same place,” recalled Resul. “It wouldn’t have happened without the artistes’ cooperation,” added Resul.
“This started as a private archival project. The film happened as it would be great if even it made some money for the effort that has gone in,” said Resul.
The event saw several of the Kollywood’s bigwigs in attendance such as AR Rahman, director Shankar, Vairamuthu, Sarathkumar, Shobhana, Revathy, Poornima Bhagyaraj, Rohini, Lizzy Priyadarshan, Kaniha, K. Bhagyaraj, and KS Ravikumar.
Speaking at the event, director Shankar said that had he known about the festival earlier, he would have used it in one of his films. “I wanted to record the Thyagarajar festival live at Thiruvaiyaru live for Anniyan. But couldn’t do it as I couldn’t get the permission. I’m happy Resul has done this. Documentary fiction is an important genre.”
Oru Kadha Sollattuma is being helmed by Prasad Prabhakar and is produced by Rajiv Bangal. The film is also being relased in Malayalam, Hindi, Telugu and English.