A film set is almost synonymous with cacophony, hollering, and the hustle-bustle that is the routine. Contrary to all this, we hear that the set of SS Rajamouli’s upcoming Baahubali is almost always remarkably quiet despite the presence of hundreds of people on the sets. A pin-drop silence prevails once the camera starts rolling. Strict instructions have been given to every supporting cast and crew member to maintain silence when a scene is being shot. So why are they walking this extra mile to ensure that except the dialogues by the lead actors, there’s no noise in the background? The answer lies in the attention to detail in terms of sound design.
Although the makers dropped the idea of shooting the film with sync-sound, PM Satheesh, who has worked for films like Talaash, The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Kaminey among other films, is on board as the sound designer. “It’s an enormous set with hundreds of cast and crew members, besides the presence of equipments like air conditioners and other machinery. Initially, it was very difficult for everyone to adapt to absolute silence when we shot the scenes. Since it’s a period action drama, we didn’t want any modern sounds in the background and hence, it was important for us to record the sound live on the location. After the shot is done, we record the sound of each room and each one has its own reverberation,” PM Satheesh reveals.
The entire cast including Prabhas, Anushka, Rana and Tamannaah are reportedly quite surprised with the discipline on the sets and sources say that the credit goes to Rajamouli and Sri Valli. “We have inculcated this culture right from the beginning. We have just wrapped up the 200th day of the shoot and there’s still a long way to go,” Shobu Yarlagadda, the producer, says, adding, “Baahubali is one of the very few films in South where a lot of importance is being given to sound recording. We dropped the idea of shooting with sync sound since the dialogue delivery has to be modified accordingly. The sound design team embeds various types of micro-phones throughout the set to record the ambient sound, which will lend a natural feel to the film. It’s necessary, because some of these sounds aren’t available in the market. It’s quite a challenge for everyone.”