Assam born Amrit Pritam has added another feather in his oversized cap by winning the award for Best Sound for his work in the documentary ‘India’s Daughter’ at the coveted Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 63rd annual Golden Reel Awards 2016. This exceptional wizard of sound shared the award with other collaborators – Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty, Vijay Kumar and Sampath Alwar in the TV Documentary Short Form category, thereby making the country proud. The award is presented by Motion Picture Sound Editors, an honorary society of motion picture sound editors. Written, produced and directed by well-known British documentary filmmaker Leslee Udwin, ‘India’s Daughter’, made on the Delhi gang-rape incident of December 2012, is in fact banned in India.
Pritam worked in close tandem with the much experienced Pookutty as a sound designer and supervising sound editor to create a nauseating yet realistic mood all throughout the film. Its certainly a splendid achievement in terms of sound design and effects. The film recognises the entire spirit of the youth who protested against the inhuman treatment being meted out to girls and women.
Both Amrit Pritam and Pookutty, in a rare achievement, garnered two nominations. Apart from ‘India’s Daughter’, the other film they received nomination at the annual Golden Reel Awards 2016 is the US production ‘Unfreedom’. Incidentally, both the films are banned in India. ‘India’s Daughter’ was globally beamed on March 4 last year.
Interestingly, ‘Unfreedom’, which espouses homosexuality, stars Assam’s own Adil Hussain along with Victor Banerjee in the lead roles.