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It's a nice reminder of Salman Rushdie's early vibrant work, but this adaptation is a bit soupy and soapy

Salman Rushdie's reputation may currently be a bit of a bear-market, so it's a relief to recall the vibrant 1980 novel that made his name, now adapted for the screen by its author in this movie directed by Deepa Mehta: Rushdie himself supplies the gentle, pleasant off-camera narration. It's a watchable, robust piece of storytelling, especially in the first half, though what this rather soupy, soap-opera treatment weirdly does is show up the story's Jeffrey Archer quality in those two passionate young lead characters, made quasi-brothers by destiny. Saleem (Satya Bhabha) is the son of a wealthy man in Bombay and Shiva (Siddharth) the son of a poor beggar and street singer. Except that they're not. The babies, born at the moment of India's independence in 1947, were switched for »

- Peter Bradshaw

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