Six months after resigning from Mohun Bagan, a club he felt had stone-age administration, football coach Steve Darby has another India connection. He is working in Karan Johar's upcoming film 'Student of the Year'.
Darby is now in Bangkok coaching actors for football scenes and "devising a training regime that best suits the needs of the film and the choreographed action sequences".
"The football stars in this film are useful footballers who are working very hard to make the scenes go well. They are very busy shooting nearly every day and then working on football skills on days off and even sometimes after a full day of filming," Darby told HT in an e-mail on Sunday.
"It's actually easier to talk about football than choreograph football action. We just try to give the actors the training they need to be successful and to make for some exciting and lasting sports moments for films," he said. Now based in Vietnam Darby, 57, claims to be a Bollywood fan and rated Bandit Queen as his all-time favourite film.
So would his tumultuous three-month stint at Mohun Bagan during which he famously fell out with the club's officials, be compared with the ebb and flow of a Bollywood film? "More of an ongoing soap opera," he said. "The players were great at Mohun Bagan but some of the things that go on behind the scenes would make a great movie. But I would not be dancing in it!"