Salman Rushdie’s novel based movie Midnight’s Children may not be released in India

September 11, 2012

A new film based on Sir Salman Rushdie’s novel Midnight’s Children may not be released in India, director Deepa Mehta has said.

Mehta told The Hindustan Times that the film, based in India, has yet to find a distributor in the country.

She said it would be “a pity if insecure politicians deprive the people of India [the chance] to make up their own minds about what the film means”.

The film was shown at the Toronto Film Festival in Canada on Sunday.

“Salman has often said that the book was his love letter to India. I think the film reflects that love,” Mehta told the newspaper.

The newspaper suggests the film’s inability to find a distributor may be because the Booker Prize-winning novel was critical of former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi.

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