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Bollywood stars up for film adaptation of Rushdie novel

By JENNIFER HOPFINGER


Midnight's Children
Canadian director Deepa Mehta is helming a film adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s 1981 novel, Midnight’s Children, and Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, and Irrfan Khan are reportedly considering roles in the film.


Mehta said she recently finished the screenplay, which she co-wrote with Rushdie, and will begin shooting the film in India in September. Confirmed cast members include Indian actors Shabana Azmi, Seema Biswas, and Nandita Das.


Midnight’s Children is about a baby born at midnight on August 15, 1947, the moment of India’s independence from Britain. The boy has magical powers that connect him with 1,000 other “midnight’s children,” who were born at the same time. The book won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction, a literary award given each year to an English-language novel.


The Indian-born Mehta previously directed a controversial trilogy of films set in her native country: Fire (1996), Earth (1998), and Water (2005). Water received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, making it the first non-French-language Canadian film ever to be nominated in that category. Several Bollywood stars, including Aamir Khan and John Abraham, appeared in the trilogy. Her 2008 film, Heaven on Earth, was set in Canada and starred Bollywood actress Preity Zinta.




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January 18, 2010