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Midnight's Children (2012)

TV-14 | | 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.

Director:

Deepa Mehta

Writers:

Salman Rushdie (screenplay), Salman Rushdie (based on a book by) | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rajat Kapoor ... Aadam Aziz
Vansh Bhardwaj Vansh Bhardwaj ... Boatman
Anupam Kher ... Ghani
Neha Mahajan ... Young Naseem
Dhritiman Chatterjee ... Mian Abdullah (as Dhritiman Chaterji)
Kusum Haidar Kusum Haidar ... Rani of Cooch Naheen (as Kusum Haider)
Zaib Shaikh ... Nadir Khan
Kabir Singh Chowdhry Kabir Singh Chowdhry ... Mian's Assassin
Shabana Azmi ... Naseem
Anita Majumdar ... Emerald
Shahana Goswami ... Mumtaz / Amina
Shikha Talsania ... Alia
Rahul Bose ... Zulfikar
Hasitha Samarasekara Hasitha Samarasekara ... Adjutant
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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Trivia

Was shot under the title," Winds of Change," to distract potential threats to cast and crew from anti-Rushdie factions. See more »

Goofs

Saleem goes to Karachi, Pakistan after leaving Aunt Emerald's house. After coming out of the railway station, the taxi that takes him home is an Ambassador car manufactured by HM "Hindustan Motors", available only in India. See more »

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Written by Carmen Taylor and Arthur Truscott
Performed by Midnight Children's Marching Band
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A bit of a shocker
13 December 2012 | by londonistaSee all my reviews

With Rushdie having written the screenplay and being heavily involved, comments about faithfulness to the book are moot; also, the book is quite stylised and far too dense with detail to be easily converted.

So the biggest problems are thus:

* Technical atrocities

* Clichés layered on thick

* Terrible comedic timing

Firstly, the camera work is all over the shop. Hand-held DSLRs are wonderful bits of technology, but camera shake at certain moments of action is confusing, and a bit shoddy. It doesn't help the pace of the film, which changes at strange intervals.

Secondly, the compositions are banal. It's like they used iStockPhoto for storyboarding, and stuck every visual cliché about India into the shots.

Thirdly, there are moments in the film ripe for black comedy where there is none, and moments where comedy is just jarring. If you're going to mess with established concepts in the audiences' minds, it had better mean something. There is far too much throwaway material in the film.

And it's a long one, at 146 minutes, and could have been much shorter, with more energy, better pace, and of higher quality throughout. To the film's credit, there are production elements very well done; the use of children and animals, you'll be startled to hear, are handled brilliantly. But it's not really enough. It may be just that Salman Rushdie would have been better supervising the screenplay rather than writing it himself, and the film could use a complete re-edit, but it is what it is.


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Opening Weekend USA:

$12,200, 28 April 2013

Gross USA:

$190,022

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,243,980
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