Palo Alto, CA (February 9, 2009)–The Hindi blockbuster movie Ghajini was mixed entirely on a Euphonix System 5 digital audio mixing console at the Mumbai-based Anand Recording Private Limited post production facility.
The film earned $30 million in its first week of release, a figure that sets a box office record for a Bollywood film. Additionally the movie’s original soundtrack was composed A.R. Rahman, also a Euphonix System 5 owner, who has been nominated for three Academy Awards, a BAFTA and won a Golden Globe for his soundtrack on the internationally acclaimed film, Slumdog Millionaire.
“Being that Ghajini was an action film, it required a very complex soundtrack,” explained Anand film mix engineer Anup Dev. “I had to build a highly flexible mix setup that could be routed in any way I wanted. With the Euphonix, it was very easy to do that, yet still modify and update the setup as required without sacrificing any set-ups. Euphonix’ ability to store multiple complex mixes also allowed the film’s director to keep his options open as long as possible. Overall, I had the full flexibility of a film mix console in a single user configuration. After working on Euphonix System 5, I cannot imagine anything else.”
Anand Studios, originally built in 1986, is equipped with a Euphonix System 5 specifically configured for motion picture mixing; the single operator System 5 is a dual-core, 154-channel system with 56 faders and is outfitted with a film-style monitoring panel that includes PEC/Direct switching and joysticks.
Last year, Anand Studios also enjoyed international success when the film Taare Zameen Par, also mixed on the Euphonix System 5, was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Film category. Subsequentl,y the film’s home video rights were purchased by The Walt Disney Company for distribution in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia, making it the first time an international studio has bought the video rights of an Indian film.