Midnight’s Children Stirs Hornet Nest
Deepa Mehata’s Midnight’s Children, the film for which many movie critics waited was finally screened at a premiere show on Monday evening. The very next moment the film plunged into huge political controversy with protestors claiming that the film which shows former prime minister Indira Gandhi in poor light should not have been screened in a Congress-ruled state.
State Cinema Minister K.B. Ganesh Kumar’s estranged father and former Kerala minister R. Balakrishna Pillai shot the first salvo by saying that it should not have been screened because it shows former prime minister and Congress leader Indira Gandhi “in poor light”.
“This should not have been allowed to be screened because Indira Gandhi is a passion for many and the minister should take up the responsibility for this mess,” said Pillai, who heads the Kerala Congress (Pillai), an ally of the Congress-led United Democratic Front in Kerala.
However film maker Kumar says “A cinema should not be seen politically. Those who are airing opinions are those who have not seen the film. But I felt sad when at the end of the film the Indian map was shown… it was without Kashmir,”.The film’s premiere show was screened on Monday night as part of a film festival in Kerala.
The film is an adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s novel of the same name and revolves around the national emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi from June 1975 to March 1977. It features Satya Bhabha, siddharth, Ronit Roy, Rahul Bose, Anupam Kher, Darsheel Safary, Soha Ali Khan andShabana Azmi.’.”