A film based on Salman Rushdie’s novel Midnight’s Children, directed by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Deepa Mehta, is set to be screened in India, and will be released in December.
PVR Pictures, who is distributing the film in India, do not expect any ban or protests against the film. The British author won the coveted Booker Prize for Midnight’s Children in 1981.
Rushdie’s 1988 novel The Satanic Verses, which many Muslims deemed blasphemous, is banned in India, and his depiction of sensitive issues like former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s role during the Emergency in Midnight’s Children had thrown the film’s screening into doubt.
The cast of the film includes Shabana Azmi, Ronit Roy, Siddharth and Shriya Saran among others.