Canada, 2012, 148 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: United Kingdom, Bangladesh
Topics: Epic, History, Political, Romance, Woman Director
Program: Modern Masters
Language: English, Hindi English Sub-Titles
It has taken more than 30 years for Salman Rushdie’s highly acclaimed (“Booker of Bookers”) prize-winning novel to reach the screen, and it is only appropriate that Rushdie himself should have written the adaptation and lends his voice to the narration.
This is a vastly ambitious piece of storytelling, a picaresque, magical realist chronicle of two curiously entwined lives that doubles up to tell the tumultuous history of modern India through the twentieth century.
Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight, August 15, 1947 – the very moment of India’s independence from British rule. Like the other children born in that momentous hour (as he later discovers) he has special powers, in his case a telepathic link with his supernatural brethren. What he doesn’t know until much later is that he was swapped with another baby in the hospital maternity ward, and that his real parents were in fact low caste street performers.
Actress Anita Majumdar expected to attend January 4 screening
DIRECTOR: Deepa Mehta
Producer: David Hamilton
Editor: Colin Monie
Screenwriter: Salman Rushdie
Cinematographer: Giles Nuttgens
Music: Nitin Sawhney
Principal Cast: Satya Bhabha, Shahana Goswami, Rajat Kapoor, Seema Biswas, Shriya Saran, Siddharth, Rahul Bose, Ronit Roy, Shabana Azmi, Irrfan Khan, Charles Dance
Filmography: Heaven on Earth (2008), Water (2005), Bollywood/ Hollywood (2002), Earth (1998), Fire (1996), Camilla (1994), Sam & Me (1991)
Print Source: Paladin Film - http://www.paladinfilm.com
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