Midnight's Children

  • 12
  • Deepa Mehta (2012)
  • Can / UK / US (SUB)
  • 139 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Salman Rushdie himself wrote the script for this adaptation of his prize-winning novel about a group of Indian children with superpowers whose lives interweave with the history of the subcontinent in the decades after independence. And that is the main problem. It's as if Rushdie, who also executive-produced, has tried to pack too much of the novel into the film. It feels cluttered and episodic. At the same time Rushdie rather loses his focus on the children, whose powers resemble those of traditional comic-book superheroes, though their environment could not be farther from Batman's Gotham City. The protagonist, Saleem (Satya Bhabha), is born with telepathic powers and a continually runny nose. He is the son of poor street performers, but is switched at birth with Shiva (Siddharth), the child of a wealthy businessman and one of the most interesting characters in the book. But Shiva's story is dramatically curtailed here, while that of Saleem's family is left comparatively intact. The most glaring misjudgement however is Rushdie's voiceover, which continually describes what is actually being shown on screen. Nonetheless the film is stunningly beautiful. And the story retains at least some of the elements that made the novel so special in its imagination, ambition and scope.

Plot Summary

Drama based on the Booker Prize-winning novel by Salman Rushdie, starring Satya Bhabha. Two babies born at the moment of India's independence are swapped in the delivery room. One goes back to a rich household, the other to a poor one. But each possesses a magical gift allowing him to commune with other "midnight's children" as the newly re-constituted country struggles to find its place in the world.

Cast and crew


Saleem Sinai
Satya Bhabha
Amina Sinai nee Mumtaz Aziz
Shahana Goswami
Aadam Aziz
Rajat Kapoor
Mary Pereira
Seema Biswas
Shriya Saran
Ahmed Sinai
Ronit Roy
Rahul Bose
young Saleem Sinai
Darsheel Safary
Picture Singh
Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Emerald Aziz
Anita Majumdar


Deepa Mehta

Other Information

English, Hindi, Urdu +subtitles
Theatrical distributor: 
EOne Entertainment
Some violence.
Available on DVD
Released 21 Dec 2012
Certificate 12