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Baz Luhrmann wants to film Indian story

Fascinated by Bollywood, Australian director Baz Luhrmann is now searching for a suitable Indian story to base his next film and wants to work with A R Rahman too. Nominated for the Oscars for 2008 film Australia, he says...

india Updated: Feb 01, 2010 18:52 IST

Baz Luhrmann

Fascinated by Bollywood, Australian director Baz Luhrmann is now searching for a suitable Indian story to base his next film and wants to work with multiple Oscar winning musician A R Rahman too.



Nominated for the Oscars for 2008 film

Australia

, Luhrmann says his experience about India remains unchanged 15 years after his first visit. "The first couple of days in India is really hard and overwhelming because I am used to be in control always. But when you surrender to it, it becomes renewing, exciting,


alive, a transforming experience," says Luhrmann.



Influenced by Bollywood, Luhrmann in 1993 had for the Australian opera set in colonial India, Benjamin Britten's version of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream. Oscar winning musician A R Rahman is also one of Luhrmann's favourite.



"Rahman is a legend and it is a privilege to have met him. We are looking for opportunities to work together and it will be wonderful experience to work with him," Luhrmann who was in the capital today told PTI.



Currently the filmmaker director who is working on filming

Great Gatsby

, based on American novelist F Scott Fitzgerald book says he is searching for a suitable Indian story.



"I have the book rights for the

Gatsby

. For 15 years I have thought about a book in India. The idea of working with Indian actors is exciting to me," says the filmmaker, who wants to do everything in a "pursuit of a beautiful life."