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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Shabana Azmi
Anupam Kher
Charles Dance
Satya Bhabha
Siddharth
Shahana Goswami.
Directors
Deepa Mehta.
Screenwriters
Salman Rushdie.
Running Time
146 minutes

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Midnight's Children
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Plot
India, 1947. Saleem (Satya Bhabha) is born at the exact moment his nation achieves independence from Britain. Little do his know but, amid the historic tumult that lies ahead, his fate is mystically tied to his fellow travellers, Midnight's Children.


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Midnight's Children
Tactfully scripted (and narrated) by Salman Rushdie from his own novel, Midnight’s Children follows Saleem (Satya Bhabha), born in 1947 at the exact moment of India’s independence from the British Empire. Essentially, it’s the X-Men as conceived by Satyajit Ray — all Indian children born on this night have mutant powers and come together in a communion created by the nasally-psychic Saleem, though his dark alter ego Shiva (Siddharth) threatens to eclipse him. It can’t cram in the whole novel, but a large cast — including Charles Dance as the last crazed colonial — embody the book’s mix of humour, magic, history, anger and affection.


Verdict
Thanks to Rushdie's sensitive handling of his own material, this is an adaptation big in both ideas and heart.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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Too much going on

Saw this last night and was bored stiff. It's incredible that so much can be happening and yet the story doesn't seem to go anywhere at the same time. The mystical powers are hinted at and then forgotten and nothing really happens making them seem pointless. Maybe it was meant to be symbolic of the potential that India never quite achieved post independence but it didn't help the viewing experience. It does look fantastic, but there is nothing to connect you to the story and you don't even ge... More

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