Movie ‘Midnight’s Children’ – Beautiful Rendition of the Novel

On October 3rd, Vancouver offered to the movie ‘Midnight’s Children’ the largest attendance recorded for a screening at Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). Produced by David Hamilton, directed by Deepa Mehta and written by Salman Rushdie, the film is a(n explosive) treat to watch.

The world of Midnight’s Children, a cellulide incarnation of Salman Rushdie’s classic novel on the partition of India, comes alive from the start and continues to become more vivid, more exciting, more bizarre – as it does. From hillarious to outrageous, it’s a riot to witness a woman in bits and parts through the holed sheet, and then see her emerge as a complete, and somehow baffling young woman; the three sisters, two of whom progress to become wives while the third (‘who marries a book?’) stays sitting on the sofa; the celebrated birth of Salim Sinai, and nurse Mary’s inspirational pro-activism in switching the newborns; the un-sighted black mango with all it’s ramifications on the young mind of Salim; the recurrence of the spittoon; the white-locked lady of all political powers, generals and plans, the killing fields, the homeless, Parvati’s magic, Picture Singh’s supportive appearances; and most of all, an optimistic end.

In a world where anything is possible, and at a time when people must experience the violence of doctored political change, the continuity of the narrator’s voice enables the viewer to go with it till the end.

Deepa Mehta has created this film with amazing skill, depth and vision. The chaotic culture of pre-Partition India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, the characters, the atmosphere, the beauty- it is a forceful, moving and fascinating experience in cinema.

Actors performed their characters well even when there was not enough time for most. Amazing talent, beauty and hard work shines through the whole team led by Satya Bhabha (Saleem Sinai), Shahana Goswami (Amina), Seema Biswas (Mary), Shriya Saran (Parvati), Rahul Bose (General Zulfikar) and Ronit Roy (Ahmed Sinai). An unexpected disappointment: Shabana Azmi (Naseem).

The movie ‘Midnight’s Children’ remains in the mind as an unforgettable visual experience, and as a worthy preamble to a larger film. Because of the time constraint that may have caused the collage of key events toward the end, the later half, unlike the first, could not establish all of it’s changing worlds for it’s characters to live in. It does work but feels like a tease to a viewer who has read the novel, and confusion to the one who hasn’t. It needs perhaps a 3-hour film or a mini tv series.

In Theatres November 2, 2012
http://www.midnightschildren.com/
http://www.facebook.com/midnightsmovie
http://www.hamiltonmehta.com/about/
http://www.salman-rushdie.com/

To be released in India December 2012
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/

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‘Midnight’s Children’ World Premiere: Toronto Sept 9 & 10 – Vancouver Sept 27

The movie ‘Midnight’s Children’ by Deepa Mehta is set to enjoy a befitting stage this month by being featured at both Toronto film festival (September 9 – 10) and Vancouver film festival (September 27).

‘Midnight’s Children’ will hold its ‘World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, and will be the opening film at Vancouver International Film Festival’.

Toronto festival
http://tiff.net/thefestival
http://tiff.net/filmsandschedules/tiff/2012/midnightschildren
http://tiff.net/thefestival/filmprogramming

Vancouver festival
http://goo.gl/lTrEy
http://www.viff.org/festival
http://www.viff.org/festival/program-guides

In theatres November 2
http://www.facebook.com/midnightsmovie
http://www.midnightschildren.com/

The Author’s view
‘It has been an extraordinary experience to watch my novel brought to life by so many talents working in harmony. Dilip Mehta’s production design, with its meticulous eye for period detail, re-created the world of MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN, much of it drawn from my own childhood memories, so vividly and accurately that there were moments when I gasped – see, there was my father’s old Rolleiflex! And look, there were my grandmother’s ferocious geese! Giles Nuttgens’s magnificent camera photographed a world that was both epic and intimate, which was afterwards given rhythm and shape by Colin Monie’s editing; Nitin Sawhney’s score lifted scene after scene to new levels, adding layers of emotion; and above all Deepa Mehta’s kindly, ferocious direction orchestrated it all and made a film that’s true to the spirit of the original novel, but that also, I think, possesses its own authority, and establishes itself as a work of art in its own right.’

Salman Rushdie

Excerpt from: http://www.midnightschildren.com/

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Top 2012 Attraction: A Deepa Mehta Film

Update
Release date
November 2/12
Stills, Videos, Press
http://www.midnightschildren.com/

Midnight’s Children A Deepa Mehta film is our top choice for 2012. To be released this September, the film boasts Salman Rushdie’s own screenplay, Deepa Mehta’s direction, and work by many great actors including Shabana Azmi. Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children is one of the most profound, enchanting and creative work of fiction on the 1947 Partition. A lot has been created on this time period. My favorites: short fiction by Saadat Hasan Manto, some paintings by Gujral, a poem by Amrita Preetam, and Midnight’s Children.
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Deepa Mehta is a Punjabi Canadian filmmaker who has directed over 16 films and has won many awards. She made her first short film in 1976, and has since given us Sam And Me (1991), Camilla (1994), trilogy Fire (1996) Earth (1998) and Water (2001), Bollywood/Hollywood (2002), and Heaven on earth (2008). Her brilliance comes out in her trilogy where tabooed themes are expressed, at times, in breathtaking moments of societal/emotional chaos to surface conclusions and understandings. Her frames strike as paintings of intense beauty using bold colours, shapes and sound.


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Rushdie is a master storyteller who has since 1975 written 9 novels, 2 children’s books and 3 collections of short fiction. Top favourites: Midnight’s Children (1981), Shame (1983), Satanic Verses (1988), and The Moor’s Last Sigh (1995). He is soon coming out with his memoir ‘Joseph Anton’ about the long years of life-threatening backlash from Muslim fundamentalists after the 1989 Fatwa on Satanic Verses.


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The film Midnight’s Children is produced by David Hamilton and Deepa Mehta. Shooting happened in Sri Lanka. Crew and the cast is huge. Below, find at least some faces and names.

Midnight’s Children movie

Director, Author, Producer, Actor


Oops! This isn’t the ‘Amazing crew’.
It’s the actual ‘midnight’s children’ with Deepa Mehta and Zorawar Shukla!

And here’s almost everyone who made this film possible:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1714866/fullcredits#cast

Some Actors

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Saleem Sinai Satya Bhabha

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Shiva Siddharth


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Ahmed Sinai Ronit Roy

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Amina Shahana Goswami

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Naseem Shabana Azmi

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Aadam Aziz Rajat Kapoor

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Mary Seema Biswas

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Parvati Shriya Saran

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Jamila Singer Soha Ali Khan

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And now, the creeps… General Zulfiqar Rahul Bose with Emerald Anita Majumdar

More here

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