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Midnight's Children (2012)

 |  Drama  |  26 December 2012 (UK)
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A pair of children, born within moments of India gaining independence from Britain, grow up in the country that is nothing like their parent's generation.

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Rajat Kapoor ...
Aadam Aziz
Vansh Bhardwaj ...
Boatman
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Ghani
Neha Mahajan ...
Young Naseem
Dhritiman Chatterjee ...
Mian Abdullah (as Dhritiman Chaterji)
Kusum Haidar ...
Rani of Cooch Naheen (as Kusum Haider)
Zaib Shaikh ...
Kabir Singh Chowdhry ...
Mian's Assassin
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Naseem
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Emerald
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Mumtaz / Amina
Shikha Talsania ...
Alia
Rahul Bose ...
Zulfikar
Hasitha Samarasekara ...
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Ronit Roy ...
Ahmed Sinai
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A pair of children, born within moments of India gaining independence from Britain, grow up in the country that is nothing like their parent's generation.

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A child and country were born at midnight once upon a time

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$12,200 (USA) (26 April 2013)

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$139,644 (USA) (24 May 2013)
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Irrfan Khan was signed but later replaced by Ronit Roy. See more »

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When Saleem is getting a hair cut and shave, the prices on the price list are extremely high; 6 Rupees for full shave and 10 Rupees for a hair cut. Considering this happened in 1977, a person living in a ghetto could never afford that. The average salary of a Government clerical position in those days was around 200 Rupees a month and a person living in a ghetto would not have made more than 100 Rupees a month, and Saleem had just come out of prison too. See more »

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Wonderful!
10 May 2013 | by (the Entertainment Capital of India) – See all my reviews

I haven't read the book. I have heard a lot about it, though. I got an opportunity to watch it & it was magnificent. So, this review will more connect with people who HAVEN'T READ THE "BOOKER OF BOOKERS!"

Deepa Mehta's magic works once again after her Elements Trilogy. The topics were bold then. Now the topic is diverse - mostly because with a fountain of genres, Midnight's Children talks about many things... from love to superstitions, from the Partition to the Emergency, from magic to realism... narrated so wonderfully, it enthuses. The last 20 minutes are little boring & staid but the first 100 minutes makes up for a good show.

Performances are brilliant with every single person working beautifully & totally carving a splendid character out of Rusdhie's imagination. Ronit Roy, Bhabha, Goswami, Darsheel Zafary & Rahul Bose are terrific. Music is amusing, screenplay is good and the locations are so genuine with no anachronisms at all, MC marks as another super-hit by the Deepa-Hamilton duo. Certain sequences/ideologies troubled me but since it is all fiction encapsulated in a narrative, I quite enjoyed it. Depiction of sensitive topics is great which is not unusual in a Deepa Mehta film. A lot could be written about it and the best way to know all about it is to watch it.

The tale from the 1940s to the 1970s, with certain twists & turns, beautiful ideas, relationships, empathy, violence, real topics, age- transitions, fights, superstitions, sex, infidelity tiny tidbits and the magic... is enduring. 8.2/10!

BOTTOM LINE: Quite a good, charismatic watch. Not Deepa's magnum opus, though.

MESSAGE: Liberty doesn't come cheap.

Can be watched with a typical Indian family? MAYBE NO.

Profanity: Mild | Nudity: No | Sex: Mediocre | Violence: Critical | Gore: Critical | Alcohol: Strong | Smoking: Mild | Drugs: No


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