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Filming Salman Rushdie’s ‘Midnight’s Children’
Can Deepa Mehta handle the novel that many believe is un-filmable?
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irector Deepa Mehta has quite a task on her hands, said Denis Sequin in the Guardian online. She’s teaming up with author Salman Rushdie to make a movie version of his “panoramic 1981 allegory of the birth of modern India,” Midnight’s Children. “With its bravura mix of historical events and inventive flights of fancy,” Rushdie’s “650-page novel has long been seen as unfilmable.”

It must be a little daunting trying to “make a movie out of what many agree is the best novel of the last 30 years,” said Brad Frenette in the National Post online. But is any book “really 'unfilmable'? Joyce's Ulysses? Perhaps. 100 Years of Solitude? Maybe. But Tristram Shandy was always thought to be on that list,” and “Michael Winterbottom certainly seemed to make that one work.”

But there are unique challenges here, said Henry Deedes in The Independent online. The Sri Lankan government denied permission for a television adaptation of Midnight’s Children to be filmed in that country in 1997, supposedly because of “protests from the local Muslim community” over Rushdie’s controversial book The Satanic Verses. And in India in 1996, “Hindu extremists rioted” over the lesbian content in Mehta’s film Fire—we’ll have to wait and see what happens.

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