MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN is a momentous collaboration between Academy Award nominated director Deepa Mehta, and author Salman Rushdie. Adapted from the Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name, the film follows the fates of a pair of children born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment that India gained its independence from Great Britain.
Accidentally switched at birth, Saleem and Shiva are destined to live out lives intended for each other, until their mysterious telekinetic powers draw them closer together. With the flow of time, the childrens’ turbulent and hopeful lives begin to mirror that of their nascent nation. Shot in secrecy in Sri Lanka with an formidable cast and crew, MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN bubbles with romance, intrigue and uplifting optimism.
Deepa Mehta is an Indian-Canadian director and screenwriter based in Toronto. She is most known for her trilogy of films—FIRE, EARTH, and WATER—that deal with social justice issues across India. Of these, EARTH was submitted by the Indian government for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, while WATER was submitted by Canada for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was therefore the first non-French Canadian film to receive a nomination in the category. Mehta is a recipient of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s Genie Award.