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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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Ghani
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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 ...
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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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A Satisfactory (not great) Adaptation of a Literary Masterpiece!
7 February 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

A satisfactory (not great) adaptation of a Literary Masterpiece! This might be Deepa Mehta's most ambitious film till date, but not her best one.

The sets, the cinematography and the acting are superb; these are the main plus points for the movie. The author (Salman Rushdie) himself does the narration, which gives an intimate feel. The movie's splendid cast is truly fine; with so many experienced actors being a part of it. Shahana Goswami, Seema Biswas and Darsheel Safary truly stand out.

The movie could have been much better if a few things could have been avoided. First and the primary one being, she broke the first rule of novel adaptations - never let the original author adapt his own book. This causes the screenplay to be flabby, and sometimes overstretched. He struggles to incorporate most of his teeming subplots; the result is that it becomes too difficult to find a narrative focus.The editing and the background score could have been better. The characters seem a little underdeveloped and fail to make an emotional connection. And the screenplay fails to soulfully blend the supernatural realism with the historic political sweep of the story.

The Book might be 'Booker of Bookers', but the movie fails to reach that height. It's still a satisfactory watch for all the book's fans and lovers of unusual cinema.


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