Darren Aronofsky On Art, Pain, Trump And His Controversial Film 'Mother!'

Ankur Pathak
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Darren Aronofsky attends Columbia Pictures And The Cinema Society With Wild Turkey Longbranch Host A Special Screening Of 'White Boy Rick' at the Paris Theatre on September 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

MUMBAI, Maharashtra — Oscar-nominated filmmaker and master provocateur Darren Aronofsky, known for films such as Black Swan (which earned Natalie Portman as Oscar), Mother!, Requiem For A Dream, was recently in Mumbai for the ongoing film festival in the city.

Aronofsky's last film, the Jennifer Lawrence-Javier Bardem-starrer Mother! opened up to polarising reviews, with Rex Reed of The Observer even calling it the 'worst film of the century.'

Aronofsky's films are often an exploration of the dark side of the human mind and laced with religious subtexts. He revealed that his was his sixth trip to India a place that he finds a deep connection with.

"As a filmmaker, you can control a lot of things. But with India, it's a place that's out of control," the filmmaker joked, sipping on a hot cup of 'ayurvedic' tea.

The director, who has produced Jackie and is working on another co-production with Brad Pitt, said that he doesn't have any story ideas yet that he'd like to direct.

In an interview with HuffPost India, he spoke about his artistic ambitions, foregrounding political themes through cinema, and what he loves the most about Mother!, his most divisive film till date.

A lot of characters in your movies endure punishing levels of violence, often self-inflicted, for artistic pursuits. Do you personally believe that all art is essentially an outlet for pain and suffering and one must go through it to create great art?

I believe art can come from a number of places. I don't think it only comes from pain. Having said that, yes, I have explored emotional and physical pain in my movies because I do feel that art resides somewhere on our edges and a lot of those edges push the barriers of our consciousness. Through films, I do like to push and see our physical limitations. That dark space interests me as a storyteller.

Mother! is a polarising film. It's also allegorical in nature as far as the Biblical the themes are concerned. When I watched it recently, I...

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