The Strokes Of Midnight
- Midnight’s Children comes to the screen 31-and-a-half years after the book hit the stands
- Salman Rushdie has written (for a dollar, he says) and even narrated portions of the movie
- Deepa Mehta’s likely most ambitious film has been shot in Sri Lanka—transformed into Srinagar, Bombay, Bangladesh and even Karachi.
- Sarita Choudhury plays the Lord Voldemort-like Prime Minister (Indira Gandhi)
“Some books get filmed almost the week they are published, but this one took a little longer,” Salman Rushdie last week in introducing Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children, based on his Booker-winning novel, at the 39th Telluride Film Festival in Colorado. “It’s been thirty-one and a half years since the book came out,” Rushdie, added in qualification.
Rushdie is an unabashed cinephile. References to movies, old Bollywood film songs and characters often appear...