10 May, 2021

How Far The Light Of Day

For a fistful of dollars, Midnight’s Children screens in the US. But will India partake?

How Far The Light Of Day

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...

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