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Sound Designer Kunal Rajan On Oscar Winner Craig, Kamal Haasan, Uttama Villain And Much More!

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Sound designer Kunal Rajan who has worked with Craig Mann in Kamal Haasan's Uttama Villain has said the two had a blast while working on the film which is slated to be released on April 2nd. Craig won an Oscar for sound mixing in the recently concluded event.

"Craig and I have worked together on a few Hollywood projects. When I was starting Uttama Villain, I asked him if he would be interested to mix an Indian film. He was so excited. He was telling me how he had just done a musical titled Whiplash, and was very excited to do another musical," Kunal said in an interview.

"In Uttama Villain, sound is going to be much more realistic, unlike Vishwaroopam, where everything was larger-than-life. Everything that's shown on screen has to convey emotions. It's a film with strong emotional content," he added.

Kunal, who had earlier worked in Vishwaroopam has revealed that it was challenging to reproduce the right sounds of a bygone era which was required in Uttama Villain.

"There are a lot of period instruments such as swords and trumpets. It was challenging to capture these sounds. But thanks to a very good foley team that has worked on some big Hollywood projects, we pulled it off. We used different props to recreate the sound of several period instruments from the eighth century," he said.

Kunal, who has bagged Kamal Haasan's next project as well, said his American style of sound mixing and the knowledge he has on Indian sounds and music earned him an opportunity to work with the legendary actor.

"Even though I know how Indian films sound, my knowledge comes from an American style of sound mixing. When I do an Indian film, I can't mix it like I mix an American film and at the same time I can't mix it like I mix an Indian film either. What I try to bring to the table is a little bit of both American and Indian style of sound in mixing," he said before signing off.

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