Canadian-Indian director Deepa Mehta, noted for her trilogy Earth, Fire and Water, is back in the spotlight with a new film Midnight's Children, based on the Booker-prize winning novel by Salman Rushdie. Released in 1981, Rushdie's book was named the "Booker of Bookers", as it won the top prize at the 25th and 40th anniversaries of the world-renowned literary prize.
The film, which opens in Bangkok this week, was a collaborative effort of the director and the writer, who have been friends for many years. Together they condensed the densely plotted, 450-page novel to a 160-page screenplay.
Rushdie not only wrote the screenplay, but also played the role of voice-narrator throughout the film, unspooling the long and complex story about Saleem Sinai, a child born on the stroke of midnight on the day India became independent in August, 1947. "Handcuffed" to history, Sinai's magical journey is intertwined with the tumultuous fate, social and political, of post-colonial India.
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