Anand Studios Takes Box Office by Storm

Avid congratulates Anand Recording Private Limited for their talented work on the Hindi blockbuster movie Ghajini. The film, which was mixed entirely on a Euphonix System 5 at their Mumbai-based post-production facility, earned a staggering $30 million in its first week of release. This figure sets a box office record for a Bollywood film. Additionally the movie’s original soundtrack was composed A.R. Rahman, also a 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. 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,” explained Anand Film Mix Engineer, Anup Dev. “ Avid’s 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 System 5, I cannot imagine anything else.”

Anand Studios is equipped with a state-of-the-art System 5 digital audio mixing console 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 System 5, was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Film category. Subsequently 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.

Originally built in 1986, Anand Recording is India's premier professional motion picture sound post-production facility specializing in ADR/ Foley, voice-overs, dubbing, and surround mixes.  Over 3,000 feature films have been mixed at Anand, including several Hollywood productions which were dubbed into several international languages. Anand Recording is owned by legendary Indian Bollywood actor and film producer Dev Anand.