Remember Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler (2008) and Black Swan (2010)? Well, the filmmaker is set for a date with India. He plans to hold a Master’s Class for NFDC’s Film Bazaar (FB) on the sidelines of the International Film Festival of India in Goa. Apparently, talks with Darren are in the final stages but the biggest problem is that the FB dates are clashing with one of his upcoming films.
“Everyone is keeping their fingers crossed. After all, Darren is a big name in Hollywood. And if things work out as planned, it will be a major attraction at the bazaar. Officials from NFDC are constantly in touch with him and his team,” says an insider involved with the organising team. “But since India is huge on the international platform and there is general excitement about India and Indian films, we are confident about it.”
Although Nina Lath Gupta, CEO of NFDC, remains non-committal about it, FB’s official spokesperson confirms this: “Yes, we are in conversation with Darren Aronofsky and he has loved the idea of coming to India. However, our dates are clashing with his next film. So we will have to see if they can be worked out. Everyone is hopeful, as he has shown keen interest.”
Gupta, on her part, isn’t keen on divulging details yet. “We have more than 40 participating countries. And a lot of delegates are coming in. But we would announce the names in a week’s time.”
Film Bazaar’s fifth edition in Goa starts on November 24 and will go on till November 27. Darren Aronofsky is an American film director and screenwriter. Besides his debut film, Pi (1998), he has directed several big films like Requiem for A Dream (2000), The Wrestler and Black Swan. He is currently involved in the pre-production of the HBO series Hobgoblin and is set to direct the pilot. His next directorial film project is likely to be Noah, for which actor hristian Bale has been approached.