History and telepathy collide in the first clips from Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children

Salman Rushdie's magical realist novel Midnight's Children is one of the most award-winning books of all time, getting not just the Booker Prize but the Booker of Bookers. And now it's becoming a movie from Deepa Mehta, director of the acclaimed elements trilogy. You can check out a brand new sneak clip of Mehta's film version above, and more below.

Midnight's Children has aroused controversy as well as admiration for the way it looks at the partition of India into India and Pakistan, through a story about people with unusual abilities. Here's a synopsis, via IBN Live:

Saleem Sanai, played by Satya Bhabha is born at the exact time of India's independence, August 15, 1947 midnight. As he grows older, he discovers that he has telepathic powers and an extremely strong sense of smell. Not just him, but all births that took place between 12 am to 1 am on August 16, were gifted with special powers.

In the light of the country's newfound independence, and the challenges that came along, Saleem summons all the children born at that specific time to determine each others' powers.


[IBN Live]

Here are some more clips, via the movie's official site:

Additional reporting by Alasdair Wilkins.

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Nonsense. Not one person in these clips has a comically oversized nose. The book was very specific on that point.

Looks beautiful, though. Is there any particular reason it appears to mostly be in english? Is that common in larger Indian films?