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Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, With Director Deepa Mehta
Aero Theatre (Santa Monica, CA)
Adapted by Salman Rushdie from his acclaimed novel of the same name, director Deepa Mehta’s epic saga follows two mysteriously intertwined lives. Saleem Sinai is the illegitimate child of a beggar woman, and Shiva is the only son of a wealthy couple. Switched at birth in a Bombay hospital on the night India became independent from Great Britain, Saleem and Shiva find themselves on opposite sides of many a conflict — whether due to class, politics, romantic rivalry or shifting borders — in the decades that follow. Full of heartbreak, hope, comedy, tragedy and a considerable amount of magic, Midnight’s Children conjures characters and images as rich and unforgettable as the vast nation it celebrates. Rushdie serves as the film’s narrator. Stay afterward for a discussion with Deepa Mehta.