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Midnight's Children (film)

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Midnight's Children is a 2012 Canadian-American film adaptation of Salman Rushdie's 1981 novel of the same name. The film features an ensemble cast of Shriya Saran, Siddharth Narayan, Anupam Kher, Shabana Azmi, Seema Biswas, Shahana Goswami, Samrat Chakrabarti, Rahul Bose, Soha Ali Khan, Anita Majumdar and Darsheel Safary. Written and directed by Deepa Mehta,[1] the film began principal photography in Colombo, Sri Lanka in February 2011 and wrapped in May 2011. Shooting was kept a secret as Mehta feared protests by Islamic fundamentalist groups.[2] The film has shown at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, and the BFI London Film Festival, but has yet to find a distributor in India.

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Satya Bhabha as Saleem Sinai[3] Shriya Saran[4] as Parvati Darsheel Safary as Saleem Sinai (as a child) Anupam Kher as Ghani Shabana Azmi as Naseem Seema Biswas as Mary Samrat Chakrabarti as Wee Willie Winkie Rajat Kapoor as Aadam Aziz Soha Ali Khan[5] as Jamila Rahul Bose as Zulfikar Siddharth Narayan as Shiva Anita Majumdar as Emerald Shahana Goswami[6]as Amina Chandan Roy Sanyal as Joseph D'Costa[7]'s_Children_(f ilm)

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Ronit Roy as Ahmed Sinai[8] Kulbhushan Kharbanda as Picture Singh Shikha Talsania as Alia Zaib Shaikh as Nadir Khan Sarita Choudhury as The Lady Vinay Pathak as Hardy Kapila Jeyawardena as Governor Ranvir Shorey as Laurel Suresh Menon as Field Marshall Rajesh Khera

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Colin Monie Relativity Media 20th Century Fox Fox Star Studios September 9, 2012
(Toronto Film Festival)

October 26, 2012 Running time Country Language 148 minutes Canada United States English


In 2008, Mehta and Salman Rushdie decided to collaborate on a film together. At first Mehta wanted to adapt his novel Shalimar the Clown, but she eventually decided on Midnight's Children instead. Rushdie spent the next two years paring down the 600-page book into a 130-page script.[9] The casting process began in early 2010. For the role of the protagonist Saleem Sinai Mehta wanted Imran Khan, but his salary was outside of the film's budget. She decided to cast British actor Satya Bhabha instead after seeing video of him performing in a play.[9] Kangna Ranaut and Rani Mukerji were originally cast as Emerald and Amina, but both had to be replaced due to scheduling conflicts.[10] Irrfan Khan was also forced to pull out due to conflicts with Life of Pi[11] and Nandita Das opted out of the film after she had her first child.[12] Rahul Bose (who had earlier been slated to play Saleem in the BBC's aborted version of the novel) was selected for the role of Emerald's husband Zulfikar and Shabana Azmi was cast as Saleem's grandmother Naseem.[13] Principal shooting began in February 2011 in Colombo, Sri Lanka as Mehta feared protests by Muslim fundamentalists if the film was shot in Pakistan and by Hindu fundamentalists if it was made in Mumbai.[9] Cast members had secrecy clauses added to their contracts to help keep the production quiet. Production design was handled by Mehta's brother Dilip Mehta. Under his direction, authentic Delhi-style furniture, props and costumes were shipped in from India. Shooting was briefly interrupted when Iran complained to the Sri Lanka government about the film and the crew was ordered to halt production. Mehta appealed to President Mahinda Rajapaksa who agreed to let filming continue. Winds of Change was the working title of the film during the shooting. Filming lasted a total of 69 days from February to May 2011. In all, 800 extras were used.[9] The film features Sri Lanka's most original vintage cars and the best colonial type residencies in Colombo.

The film at the premiered in September 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival (2012-09-09)[14] and the Vancouver International Film Festival (2012-09-27)[15][16] and the BFI London Film Festival, but has yet to find a distributor in India.[17]

1. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 143. ISBN 978-1908215017.'s_Children_(f ilm) 2/4


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2. ^ "Deepa Mehta Plays With Fire Again" ( . Mid-Day. 27 February 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 3. ^ "Deepa finds Midnights Children lead" ( . Times of India. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 4. ^ Kamath, Sudish (4 February 2011). "The Saturday Interview - Here and there" ( . The Hindu. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 5. ^ "Soha Unplugged" ( . Indian Express. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 6. ^ Talukdar, Taniya (21 March 2011). "Shahana Goswami wants to act in a comedy" ( . Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 7. ^ Jha, Subhash (13 March 2011). "Sanyal to play ghost in Midnight's Children" ( . Mid-Day. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 8. ^ "Ronit, the bad dad" ( . Hindustan Times. 27 April 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 9. ^ a b c d Nolen, Stephanie (15 May 2011). "Mehta at midnight" ( . Globe and Mail. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 10. ^ Lalwani, Vickey (3 September 2010). "Kangna quits Midnights Children" ( . The Times of India. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 11. ^ "No new films for Irrfan Khan!" ( . Hindustan Times. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 12. ^ Jha, Subhash (23 February 2011). "Nandita opts out Midnights Children" ( . Times of India. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 13. ^ Rushdie, Salman (2002). Step across this line: collected nonfiction 1992-2002. Random House. p. 77. ISBN 978-0679-46334-4. 14. ^ 15. ^ ] 16. ^ Nolen, Stephanie (15 May 2011). "Mehta at midnight" ( . The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 17. ^

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