A Holophone H2-PRO was used to capture the ambient sounds of Mumbai for the upcoming Bollywood action feature film Ghajni.Mumbai, India (November 1, 2007)–Sound designer Resul Pookutty, posed with the challenge of capturing the ambient sounds of the busy streets of Mumbai for the upcoming Bollywood action feature film Ghajni, a Hindi remake of the classic Tamil film, selected the Holophone H2-PRO for its portability and audio capturing qualities.
In Ghajni, the main protagonist searches the streets of the city to seek revenge on the man who has murdered his girlfriend. To effectively create the sense of urgency the protagonist is experiencing, Pookutty wanted a mic that would be able to stay with the overhead camera as it followed the actor as he traveled through the city. Recording usable production sound on the streets of Mumbai was a challenge, but the H2-PRO was able to provide Pookutty with accurate ambient sounds.
“I’m a great lover of natural sound and like ambient sounds available from each location to use when I’m cutting the final product,” Pookutty explains. “In Mumbai, the H2-PRO followed the camera on the protagonist as he walked through the city streets. This way I can get dramatic 5.1 sound images when the camera makes a swish pan–a sound I would otherwise have to recreate in the edit stages. Here, I get it naturally.”
“I have used all kinds of stereo mics, made XY patterns with various shotguns, and used double M-S mikes for surround recordings, but I have never heard such clean, wide images as I receive from the H2-PRO,” says Pookutty. “It’s easy to record surround sound on-location with the H2-PRO because it’s just one mic with all discrete outputs and no confusion.”