What was the story of the novel?
In 1981, Salman Rushdie wrote a famous novel called ‘Midnight’s Children’. In this book, the story of 2 such boys was shown who are born in the midnight of 14th August 1947. After this, how their lives are affected by the political developments in India and Pakistan, this was the story of this novel. On this novel, director Deepa Mehta made the film ‘Midnight’s Children’ which was released in 2012.
film made secretly
The film was based on the novel by Salman Rushdie. Salman was a target of Muslim fundamentalists since the 80s. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini had issued a death fatwa against him. Actually Rushdie’s novel ‘The Satanic Verses’ was based on the life of Hazrat Mohammad. Some parts of this novel were objected by Muslim religious leaders and it was called blasphemy. After this, The Satanic Verses, several Muslim organizations attempted to assassinate Salman Rushdie. Due to these controversies related to Salman Rushdie, ‘Minite’s Children’ was not shot in India but secretly in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. This was done because if the people of the Muslim community in India had come to know that this film is being made on Salman Rushdie’s novel, then it could have been opposed.
These were the main cast of ‘Midnight’s Children’
Many Indian actors worked in the long starcast of ‘Midnight’s Children’, directed by Deepa Mehta. British actor Satya Bhabha and Indian actor Siddharth Narayan were in the lead role in the film. Apart from these, Indian actors like Shriya Saran, Shabana Azmi, Anupam Kher, Ronit Roy, Shahana Goswami, Rahul Bose, Seema Biswas and Darsheel Safari also worked in the film.
The film was opposed in India
‘Midnight’s Children’ was screened at several foreign film festivals. The film also received many nominations and awards and was highly appreciated. However, a section in India opposed the film. The film was screened in India at the International Film Festival of Kerala in December 2012. After this the Congress party started opposing this film. The Congress party alleged that an attempt has been made to malign the image of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi through this film. After this the film was not screened anywhere else in India. Later in February 2013, with some trimmings, the film was screened in very few theaters and was rarely seen.
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