Director Mani Ratnam's Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1 hit the theatres on September 30. The film is performing exceptionally well at the box office and crossed Rs 200 at the box office. The film features Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Chiyaan Vikram, Trisha, Jayam Ravi, and Karthi in lead roles. While the performances are being lauded, many have been criticizing the film's audio. Netizens complained that the audio is patchy. Sound designer Kunal Rajan took to Twitter to explain why that's not the case.
In a note, Kunal Rajan wrote, "One of the issues I have always had as a Sound Designer is the audience rarely gets to experience a movie as intended by the filmmaker...be it the picture quality of sound quality. Of course, there are a few theatres where the projectors and speakers are perfectly calibrated and everything plays back exactly the way it was intended. But this is not the case in 90% of the theatres. A lot of mass commercial films have been made extremely loud with no dynamics in the mix. Theatres thurn the down so their speakers don't get damaged. And SOund mixers in start mixing even louder to compensate for theatres turning down the speakers. A never-ending loop. Someone needs to make a change and I feel PS 1 team actually made a statement with the sound mix Sic)."