Much like Ang Lee’s Life of Pi (2012), Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children (2012) is another Booker prize-winning novel that has been dubbed unfilmable. Whilst Lee’s cinematic adaptation rose to the challenge admirably however, Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children is not as successful in making the leap from page to screen. For those unfamiliar with Rushdie’s novel, we follow the story of Saleem Sinai (Satya Bhabha), who was born midnight on 15 August, 1947 – the moment of India’s independence from Britain. Swapped at birth with the privileged Shiva (Siddharth Narayan), Saleem soon discovers that he is able to communicate with other ‘midnight children’.
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