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  • Shiraj Dakshy

    A Rich Dish with an average taste

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    By Shiraj Dakshy(03 Feb 2013)

    On the onset I salute Deepa Mehta for taking the risk of adapting a complex novel of Salman Rushdie “Midnight’s Children” into a movie.

    The story spans from 1917 Kashmir to 1977 Mumbai, and tells the story of two children one born to a rich family and other to a poor family on the stroke of midnight of 15th Aug 1947, when India got independence. How their destiny changes after they are swapped, the son of the rich is swapped with the son of the poor forms the crux of the story.

    Though the story starts long before the kids are born in Kashmir 1917 with ... » read more

  • Pratima Chaudhuri

    Midnight’s Children or is it Children of Midnight?

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    By Pratima Chaudhuri(04 Feb 2013)

    I haven’t read the novel; yes, I did try reading it some seven years back but I couldn’t go beyond the first forty pages. What motivated me to watch the movie was the poster. It promised colours, music, and joy unlike the greyness that memory harboured about the book. Typically, the reviews are mixed, and a little on the negative said...but I was sure I am going to find something that Deepa Mehta has etched, that I would definitely like. I have no clue how true the movie is to the book, but given that Salman Rushdie has scripted the screenplay and his layered voice takes ... » read more

Film: Midnight's Children; Actors: Rajat Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Anupam Kher, Ronit Roy, Satya Bhabha, Seema Biswas, Shahana Goswami, Siddharth, Anita Majumdar, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Darsheel Safary, Soha Ali Khan and Shriya Saran; Director: Deepa Mehta; Rating: **1/2

Deepa Mehta's Midnight's Children is not a well-crafted film of Salman Rushdie's Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name. Yet it captures the essence of the novel to the core.

Told through the lives of the children born at the stroke of midnight of Aug 15, 1947, especially, Salim, Shiva and Parvati, it is a multi-layered tale of destinies. It is a story of the rich, the poor and the misguided. It is fiction and fantasy delightfully wrapped within the folds of the political scenario of the three countries,» Read full review

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