Please tell us about yourself
In January 2016, University of Westminster alumnus Rohit Pradhan was presented with a Filmfare Award for Sound Design at a star-studded ceremony.
Rohit was awarded the famed ‘Lady in Black’ trophy for his acclaimed sound design on the 2014 film Rege. The film, directed by Abhijeet Panse, tells the story of a college teenager who becomes embroiled in a criminal underworld after a chance encounter. The film was both a critical and commercial success in India.
What did you study?
Rohit achieved an MA in Audio Production in 2006 from Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design. During his time at Westminster, he gained valuable experience in the industry through rigging at live gigs and volunteering on documentaries produced by the Department of Film and Television. He also found London an inspirational city in which to be based.
Rohit, who is now based in Mumbai, said: “Very few universities teach you how to cope with the pressures of working in the media industry, but Westminster taught me how to manage a range of people and priorities at any one time. I learnt how to manage actors, producers, suppliers, finances and all the legalities that come with running your own business. I would not be where I am today were it not for my experience at Westminster.”
He is currently Sound Designer at Mixbox Studios, India
What did you find most valuable about your course at Westminster? How did the skills you learnt during your degree help you to shape your career?
I am working as a Professional Sound Designer for feature films in India. My degree at Westminster geared me up for the professional challenges which a professional film faces on a daily basis. A career as a film technician involves working on tightrope deadlines and my education prepared me to handle every task to the satisfaction of my clients.
What was the best thing about being a student in London?
The best thing about studying in London was being exposed to the variety of art forms the city has to offer and the diverse cultural mix that has a unique artistic subculture to it.
What extra-curricular activities did you participate in that enhanced your time at the University?
I was very enthusiastic about helping out at the tech office, assisting and rigging for live gigs, and working on documentaries produced by the film and television departments.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of pursuing a similar career?
Be focused and passionate. The competition is cut throat and education will prepare you to be cutting edge.
Why would you recommend Westminster as a place to study?
The quality of teaching staff and facilities: it’s just extraordinary. Every professor has seen the best of both worlds, professional practice and education.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself, your achievements, life experiences, what inspires you, or your career that may be valuable or interesting to our prospective students or alumni?
After graduating from Westminster, I set up my own audio post-production studio in an old mansion just outside Mumbai. Back in 2007 we slowly started working on documentaries and short films. In 2011 I got my first major break with Balak Palak (Directed by Ravi Jadhav) which was an internationally acclaimed film.
In 2014 I was awarded the Prestigious IMFFA award for Achievement in Sound Design for my work in the film Yellow. Also, the short film Mitraa (Directed by Ravi Jadhav), for which I worked as a Sound Designer, won the National Award for the Best Short Film. I have worked as a Supervising Sound Editor/Designer on films like Rege, Timepass Part 1 & 2, Bioscope and Yellow.