Oscar and BAFTA Award-winning sound mixer and designer Resul Pookutty and award-winning sound designer of ‘Dollu’ Nithin Lukose claimed that the National Jury erred in awarding the ‘National Award’ in the category of Best Location Sound Recorder (only for films with synchronized sound) for the film Doll.
They claimed that the sound was recorded for the film ‘Dollu’ and was not a sync soundtrack (recorded live during the shoot). The comments sparked controversy as renowned technicians questioned the judging panel’s abilities for not being able to distinguish between dubbing and synchronized audio.
Meanwhile, the film team claimed that the entry form for the category had no specification whether the soundtrack was synchronized or dubbed and the work was not classified. According to the nominations requirements, three engineers were nominated for the position of sound engineer, sound designer and recordist.
The film team also clarified that they never claimed that their film was a sync-recorded soundtrack and also approached the awards jury for clarification. The team claimed that they had to spend Rs 15 crore more on recording the sound of the drums.
Resul Pookutty stated that the film (Dollu) which won Sync Sound Recording at the National Awards is not even a sync sound film, it is a dubbed film. He further stated that this is confirmed by the film’s sound designer Nithin Lukose.
Nithin Lukose stated, “I don’t know what happened behind the scenes of the National Award selections and its procedures, but I regret the judgment of the jury who could not distinguish between dubbing and dubbing sound film and claimed to be experts.” .”
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