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sounding off with resul pookutty | virtual cinema club | intermission

sounding off with resul pookutty | virtual cinema club | intermission


Ishan Benegal and Neeraj Jain in conversation with Resul Pookutty

Virtual Cinema Club continues with our third VCC Intermission Session, where our hosts take a pause to explore the nuances of the craft. This session with Academy Award-winner Resul Pookutty will be exploring the element of sound design.

The session will start at 11:00 IST (GMT+5:30) on Sunday, Nov 08, 2020

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Resul Pookutty is an Indian film sound designer, sound editor, and audio mixer. He won the Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing, along with Richard Pryke and Ian Tapp, for Slumdog Millionaire. A FTII, Pune graduate, he has worked in Hollywood, Hindi, Tamil, and Malayalam films. Pookutty made his debut in sound design with the 1997 film Private Detective: Two Plus Two Plus One, directed by Rajat Kapoor.

Every fortnight, our hosts Ishan Benegal, Associate Artistic Director, G5A and cinematographer Neeraj Jain take us through the works of exceptional filmmakers from around the globe.

The G5A Virtual Cinema Club
Cinema and the moving image is central to our lives even more today than ever before. It touches our lives intimately and profoundly. It can shape our ideas, thoughts, and values. It also has the power to change our ways of looking and thinking.

This is the language of cinema and we are here to talk about it. How the various elements, the images, the sound, the narrative, and the performance, all come together to bring life to the words, characters, and places. As we look closely, what threads do we begin to see across a director’s work: similar themes, a signature style, or perhaps the evolution of an idea. Cinema has the ability to raise many powerful questions and we’re hoping to ask the right ones.


52 weeks | 52 directors | fortnightly discussions | Sundays 11:00 IST

Over the past six months our digital #VirtualCinemaClub series has built an online space for conversation, reflection, and discovery about cinema as a medium for powerful storytelling, while diving into the nuances of filmmaking as a craft. It is now officially housed within G5Academy – our learning focused element – that also emerged from a need to build immersive spaces to engage with arts practice and critical thought through collaborative learning, dialogue, and co-creation.


Neeraj Jain is a first generation, Indian-American cinematographer based in New York City. In high school, Neeraj took a plunge and started shooting various short documentaries. In 2015, Neeraj graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a B.F.A in Film and TV production. In his final year, Neeraj shot many short films for various directors and in 2017 was awarded the Faculty Commendation in Cinematography at NYU.

Aside from working as a cinematographer, Neeraj spent as much time as he could to learn from the masters. In 2016, he attended the ASC Masterclass and was able to learn from one of his favourite working cinematographers – Rodrigo Prieto. He has also spent time working in the lighting teams of various TV shows like Master of None and Girls.

Recently, Neeraj shot the feature film, The Sound of the Wind. He hopes his narrative work will allow him to tell stories from various corners of the world.

Ishan Benegal

With a background in English Literature and Mathematics, Ishan Benegal’s creative practice takes the form of writing, photography, and food. While music, cinema, football, and reading remain firmly in orbit.

As the Associate Artistic Director at the G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture he’s at the helm of G5A’s creative strategy, where his background and practice help inform and drive the curatorial process. He is also the brains behind PORT Kitchen & Bar, an all day cafe and bar housed within G5A that is a space for new conversations and new connections fuelled by home-style food, coffee, and cocktails.


Nov 08 2020


11:00 am

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