Podcast: Academy Award Winner Resul Pokutty on Designing Sound For “Margarita With A Straw”

Academy Award Winner Resul Pookutty

Resul Pookutty

How is sound designed for a film? Ever wondered about it? We did and spoke with Academy Award winner Resul Pookutty to find out how he and his team worked on Shonali Bose’sMargarita With A Straw.” Pookutty won an Oscar for his work in Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire.”

“Margarita With A Straw,” is about a differently abled person’s journey of discovering her sexuality. Bose is a “natural filmmaker” and works on sound far more than the picture Pookutty says.

“Margarita With A Straw,” is set in New Delhi, India and Manhattan, New York.  “A Million Dollar Baby,” is the film Pookutty mentioned as a reference film to Bose, since the film grows quieter as it progresses. The whole idea of designing sound for a film is to create one sound says Pokutty. For “Margarita With A Sound,” Pookutty worked on the texture of the sounds that compliments the visual and storyline of the film.

The moment you say that “Sound is beautiful,” then “I have failed,” points out Pookutty. Why does he say that? Tune in to find out as Poukutty takes you behind the scenes and shares how they create sound for a feature film.

LISTEN: Resul Pookutty on Creating Sound for “Margarita With a Straw”

This is Part-2 of our conversation. You can listen to Part-1 of our conversation with Pokutty.

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Photo credit: Resul Pookutty


Podcast: Academy Award Winner Resul Pookutty

LISTEN: Academy Award Winner Resul Pookutty

Academy Award Winner Resul Pookutty

Resul Pookutty

“I don’t remember getting up from my seat and getting the award from Will Smith…I had a blackout,” confesses Academy Award winner Resul Pokutty, who won an Oscar in 2009 for “Slumdog Millionaire.”

“ I never imagined I’d win an Oscar…I was shocked. I never thought  that we, the Indian talent will get acknowledged in the Hollywood community, especially the Hollywood technical community to that level,” he adds.  Pookutty dedicated the award to India in his acceptance speech.

Pookutty won the Oscar for sound mixing along with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke. In 2010 Pookutty was invited to become a voting member by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Continue reading