Horror filmmaker Ari Aster: Was obsessed with Satyajit Ray's films

Updated: Oct 25, 2019, 07:19 IST | Agencies | Mumbai

Hollywood horror filmmaker Ari Aster on growing up on a good appetite of the Oscar-winner's films

Ari Aster and Satyajit Ray
Ari Aster and Satyajit Ray

Celebrated Hollywood filmmaker Ari Aster, who specialises in making horror films, such as Hereditary, is a fan of the late Oscar-winning Indian legend Satyajit Ray. He says Ray's films inspired him to visit India. "I am enjoying it here. I have never been to India before. I grew up obsessed with the movies of Satyajit Ray. He is one of my heroes and after watching his films, I wanted to come to India," Aster said on the sidelines of an ongoing film festival.

Aster's new folk-horror film Midsommar was screened at the festival. "I need to interact with more people who saw the film to have a full picture of how it played here. But people have been enthusiastic. They engage at a very deep level. They have come to me with smart and thoughtful questions. Here, there is a commitment to engaging with cinema, that's something you don't find everywhere," he shared.

The filmmaker spoke about Midsommar, which he penned while going through a break-up in personal life. "It is a horror comedy; a dark comedy. I don't see it as a horror film. It's more of a fairytale. If you want to tell a dark story, you can go very deep in the horror genre without alienating people. Other genres don't give as much license to do that."

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