Rasul Pookutty, who was nominated for Oscar for the best sound mixing for the film Slumdog Millionaire, said at a press meet at Trivandrum Press club that Aravindan and Adoor were his role models.
"Both of them used sound as an art form in their films. Cinema is not solely meant to watch, but to listen too. The present state of Malayalam films is disappointing. The technique of sound mixing is hopeless. What happened to Chithranjali studio, a government firm, which started with all facilities to promote Malayalam films. Who is responsible for the degradation of the studio?, he asked.
"In the field of sound mixing Devadas and Krishnanunni are my masters. In Adoor's Elipathayam, a scene, Karamana Janardhana Nair was eating rice, we could feel the sound of biting stone in the rice. Only a director who can distinguish sound as a culture can incorporate it. Sambasivan, the well known 'Kathaprasangam' artiste introduced me to the world classics through his performances," he said.