Born to parents Soma Sundaran and Rathibayi in Punnol, Kerala, Shajith grew up to become a sound designer. He is famous for sync sound technique in Indian cinema. He has carved himself a niche in Foley editing and pre-mixing. He completed his higher studies from Brennan College in Thalassery, and currently lives in Mumbai. He was disabled with rheumatoid arthritis when he was 13 years old, and was confined to his home. While visiting Mumbai with his sister, the natural vibe of the city grew upon him, he shifted his base to Mumbai in 1999. His illness required him to discontinue his studies. He continued fighting, his thirst to learn quenched by a local library in Kannur. His achievements speak momentously of his efforts which includes sound designing for Bollywood’s acclaimed movies like ‘Maqbool,’ ‘
Haider,’ ‘Mangal Pandey,’ ‘
Kaminey,’ and many more.
He worked independently for the movie ‘Perfect Husband’ in 2003. Apart from sound designing in mainstream cinemas, he has also worked in documentaries and short films which had been screened at famous film festivals across the world. All the movies Koyeri has worked on features a delicate balance between silence and noise. He rendered music for the famous kiss between
Arshad Warsi and
Vidya Balan in the movie ‘
Ishqiya.’ The crime drama ‘Talwar’ based on the double murder case in Noida fetched Shajith Koyeri a Filmfare award in 2016. He worked with the Oscar award-winner
Resul Pookutty for eight years to encourage sound designing in India. Shajith claims that Resul was very supportive and helpful, and he even congratulated Shajith when he won the National Award. He was approached by several other directors for sound designing since, sound plays a significant role in movies.
He had won the National Film Award and Filmfare award for ‘Omkara’ in 2006, IIFA awards for ‘Barfi’ in 2013, Star Guild Awards for ‘Haider’ in 2015, and Star Screen Award for ‘
Rangoon’ and ‘
Dangal’ in 2017. In 2011, Shajith was working on a Hollywood science fiction film named ‘
Dam 999’ whose sound designing was done in Belgium. He said that the project was a little challenging since the movie involved a lot of dynamics like the sound of a bridge collapsing, and ensured that they used various sound elements to make it realistic. He has also worked on ‘Someday,’ an Indian-English movie, and Sohan Roy’s movie named
Saint Dracula. Shajith Koyeri believes that technology advancements are only there to assist and it all depends on individual thoughts and creativity which can make one stand out unique in the crowd. He says that sound has to be understood first. He specifically wants to thank his sister and his friends for making him stay in Mumbai which ultimately led him to make a mark in sound designing.