Midnight's Children (2013)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 29 mins

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At the stroke of midnight on August 15th, 1947, as India declares independence from Great Britain, two babies are switched at birth by a nurse in a Bombay hospital. And so it is that Saleem Sinai, the bastard child of a beggar woman, and Shiva, the only son of a wealthy couple, are fated to live the destinies meant for each other. Over the next three decades, Saleem and Shiva find themselves on opposite sides of many a conflict, whether it be because of class, politics, romantic rivalry, or the constantly shifting borders that are drawn every time neighbors become enemies and decide to split their newborn nation into two, and then three, warring countries. Through it all, the lives of Saleem and Shiva are mysteriously intertwined. They are also inextricably linked to the history of India itself, which takes them on a whirlwind journey full of trials, triumphs and disasters.

Cast: Anupam Kher, Neha Mahajan, Rajat Kapoor, Siddharth Narayan, Vansh Bhardwaj

Crew: Deepa Mehta (Director), Giles Nuttgens (Director of Photography), Nitin Sawhney (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 01 Feb 2013 (India)

Tagline: A child and country were born at midnight once upon a time

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Did you know? New-comer, Satya Bhabha was cast as Saleem Sinai after the role had been declined by both Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor. Read More
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as Ghani
as Young Naseem
as Aadam Aziz
as Boatman
as Baby Saleem
as Headmaster Crusoe
as Hairoil
as Emerald
as Young Jamila
as Eyeslice
as William Methwold
as Newborn Saleem
as Young Saleem
as Mian Abdullah
as Joe D'Costa
as Adjutant
as Aaron Ahmed
as Aj Watawana
as Alisha Sharma
as Mian's Assassin
as Rani of Cooch Naheen
as Mullah
as Young Parvati
as Glandy Keith
as Alissa Iacucci
as Baby Saleem
as Andre Bothello
as Anisha Kapoor
as Baby Saleem
as Baby Shiva
as Ashwina Mehra
as Servant
as Young Shiva
as Zulfikar
as Emil Zagailo
as Vanita
as Ashwina Mehra
as Jimmy Kapadia
as Chet Singh
as Ahmed Sinai
as Dileep Dhami
as Newborn Shiva
as Wee Willie Winkie
as Prime Minister
as Esha Mangat
as Adult Saleem
as Mary Pereira
as Gihan Karunaratne
as Fat Perce
as Naseem
as Sonny Ibrahim
as Mumtaz / Amina
as Alia
as Adult Parvati
as Ishaan Kapoor
as Isra Malik
as Nadir Khan

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Director of Photography

Music

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Sound Re-recording Mixer

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Spoken Languages:
Hindi, Urdu
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital
Camera:
ARRICAM Lite (LT), ARRICAM Studio (ST)
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
Taglines:
A child and country were born at midnight once upon a time
Goofs:
Miscellaneous
The train leaving for Mumbai from Agra in 1942 has modern compartments.

Continuity
Darsheel Zafary's made-up nose design changes throughout his screen-time in the movie.

Factual Mistake
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.

Factual Mistake
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.

Factual Mistake
General Zulifkar is shown to surrender to his old friend Lieutenant General Jagjit Singh Aurora. In fact it was Lieutenant General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi who surrendered to the Indian army.
Trivia:
This evocative tale is based upon the Booker prize-winning novel of the same name, written by Salman Rushdie.

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.

New-comer, Satya Bhabha was cast as Saleem Sinai after the role had been declined by both Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor.

Shot in 651 different locations over 69 days.

Was shot under the title," Winds of Change," to distract potential threats to cast and crew from anti-Rushdie factions.
Mehta at midnight
14 May 2011, by The Globe and Mail
Deepa Mehta plays with fire again
27 Feb 2011, by Mid Day
SOHA Unplugged
24 Feb 2011, by The Indian Express
Nandita opts out Midnight’s Children
23 Feb 2011, by The Times of India
Kangna quits Midnight’s Children
03 Sep 2010, by The Times of India
Deepa finds Midnight’s Children lead
21 Aug 2010, by The Times of India