It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl bears witnesses to tragedy as her ayah is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence.
23-year-old Nikhil comes to Canada from India to find his fortune and is convinced by his uncle to work as a companion and care-giver to Sam, an elderly Jewish man. An unlikely friendship ensues, which gives both men new insight into life.
Ashok runs a family business that sells takeout food that also has a video rental store at the side. Ashok's extended family includes his wife Radha, his brother Jatin, their ailing mother ... See full summary »
Says Noemi Weis, President of Filmblanc: "Deepa Mehta is a master of the exposé. As a documentary director, she has elevated the issue of domestic violence in such a way that we can no ... See full summary »
According to the "Sri Lanka Mirror," filming shut down for four days in March as the Iranian Embassy in Colombo objected to author Salman Rushdie's participation. Filming resumed after director Deepa Mehta met with Sri Lanka President, Mahinda Rajapaksa. He, in turn, then spoke with the Iranian Embassy. See more »
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 »
Anything You Want To Be
Written by Seema Biswas
Performed by Samrat Chakrabarti See more »
An adaptation of Salman Rushdie's 1981 novel of the same name, 'Midnight's Children' is a passable film. Go in with limited expectations & your chances of being disappointed will be less.
'Midnight's Children' Synopsis: 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.
'Midnight's Children' is an engaging story on paper, but on celluloid, it appears clichéd. India-Pakistan conflict, is beaten to death in cinema. Sure, the novel must've been captivating, but on-screen, it looks very regular. Deepa Mehta's Direction is terrific. She makes this otherwise passable film, watchable, due to her true talent as a storyteller.
Performance-Wise: Satya Bhabha delivers a sincere performance. Shriya Saran has 2 standard expressions. Siddharth tries hard to look like a menace. Darsheel Safary is very good. Seema Biswas & Ronit Roy are excellent, as ever. Others lend support.
On the whole, 'Midnight's Children' is watchable, at best.
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