Pookutty: Dance, drama culture is our tradition..

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New Delhi, May 22 -- Sound designer, mixer and editor, Resul Pookutty known for making music for some iconic films, including Slumdog Millionaire (2008) that won him an Oscar, says that composing music for Indian films is very different from doing so for Hollywood movies.

"Indian cinema is more dependent on music. It is a part of our lives. It came to us from our sages and saints. So, the dance drama culture is our tradition, and that's why we make our films musically loud," says Pookutty.

The 43-year-old, who has composed background scores for films such as Highway (2012) and Kochadaiiyaan (2014) adds that music in the west is used in a more subtle fashion.

"The emotions, through music, are supposed to touch you. Since they can't be loud, they cannot cheat you and always remain in the background. It's not as if that there is no song or dance in their (Hollywood) films. There are musicals and animation film that have songs, but as I said earlier, the expressions aren't as loud as the songs in our films," he says.