“Born in the hour of India’s freedom. Handcuffed to history.” Midnight’s Children is an epic film from Academy Award-nominated director Deepa Mehta, based on the Booker Prize-winning novel by Salman Rushdie. At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, as India proclaims independence from Great Britain, two newborn babies are switched by a nurse in a Bombay hospital. Saleem Sinai, the illegitimate son of a poor Hindu woman, and Shiva, the offspring of wealthy Muslims, are fated to live the destiny meant for each other. Their lives become mysteriously intertwined and are inextricably linked to India’s whirlwind journey of triumphs and disasters. –TIFF
Was born in Amritsar, India, graduated from University of New Delhi and emigrated to Canada in 1973. Based in Toronto she has earned international attention with her films. She is considered by many as one of the finest new directors on the horizon. With films such as the trilogy that consists of Fire (1996), Earth (1998), and Water (2005), she is quickly becoming the voice of a new India.
The stiffness of the narrative along with Deepa Mehta’s extreme delicacy on direction smothered the tense situations, making “Midnight’s Children” less riveting than it should be and very far from the epic that it dreamed to become. Full Review and Rating: http://alwayswatchgoodmovies.blogspot.com/2013/04/midnights-children-2012.html
Salman Rushdie provides the backcloth for an epic sweep through the twentieth century history of India. A sense of music and magic realism leaps out of this tale of two babies that are swapped at the midnight hour on the eve of Indian independence. It captures the speed of change, the colours and emotions as people are forced to leave their homes and families and become richer and poorer in equal measure.
I never read the book so I didn't have it as a frame of reference but I was taken back by the fantastical elements of the story. I enjoyed it for the most part the production design and the cinematography were definite high points but the whole Saleem/India allegory was a little heavy handed at times.