Midnight's Children

Synopsis: A pair of children, born within moments of India gaining independence from Britain, grow up in the country that is nothing like their parent's generation.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Deepa Mehta
Production: Paladin Films
  4 wins & 8 nominations.
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146 min

All artistic expression is equal,

poetry, movies, even the

old men who use their skill to...

...spit out betel-juice

and hit a spittoon.

Perhaps I will get you a spittoon,..

...so that you can

practice your art.

How about that, Mian Abdullah?

These are new ideas.

We must leave, Your Highness.

Excuse us. Dr. Aziz.

Mian Sahib?

Help me, Doctor Aziz.


Please help me.

Who's this?

Sorry for the interruption!

Such an intrusion.


I had to hide!

Is that you, Nadir? What are you-?

I saw everything, Doctor!

They killed him.

I saw them murder him.

Assassins shot him like a dog.

And then they saw me!

- Shh. Quiet.

You have to hide me, Doctor.

Or I'm a dead man.

At home, Doctor Aadam Aziz

found himself surrounded by women.

His formidable wife, Naseem,

wise Alia, sweet Mumtaz,

and flighty Emerald.

He's asked us for our shelter.

We have no choice.


And spare us your crazy oaths!

Where are you going?


But, Abba, where will we put him?

We'll sweep him under the carpet.

Like all other problems.

Sometimes emotions

are stirred into food...

...and become what you feel.

And sometimes,

people leak into each other;

like flavours when you cook.

Mumtaz Aziz,

destined to be my mother,

took upon herself the duties of

caring for the needs of Nadir Khan.

You're very good.

I'm not a brainbox like Alia,

or a beauty like Emerald.

But you are.

Eat, now. Don't let it go cold.

Terrible business, sir.

I fully understand your grief.

But you did know this fellow...


secretary to Mian Abdullah?

No, I don't think so, no.

Met him at the Rani of cooch

Naheen's on the night of the killing?

Yes, of course...

Yes, I thought you might

be able to shed some light on...

...his disappearance. No?...


And of course these

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Salman Rushdie

Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie (born 19 June 1947) is a British Indian novelist and essayist. His second novel, Midnight's Children (1981), won the Booker Prize in 1981 and was deemed to be "the best novel of all winners" on two separate occasions, marking the 25th and the 40th anniversary of the prize. Much of his fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent. He combines magical realism with historical fiction; his work is concerned with the many connections, disruptions, and migrations between Eastern and Western civilizations. His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses (1988), was the subject of a major controversy, provoking protests from Muslims in several countries. Death threats were made against him, including a fatwā calling for his assassination issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, on 14 February 1989. The British government put Rushdie under police protection. In 1983 Rushdie was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the UK's senior literary organisation. He was appointed Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France in January 1999. In June 2007, Queen Elizabeth II knighted him for his services to literature. In 2008, The Times ranked him thirteenth on its list of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.Since 2000, Rushdie has lived in the United States. He was named Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University in 2015. Earlier, he taught at Emory University. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2012, he published Joseph Anton: A Memoir, an account of his life in the wake of the controversy over The Satanic Verses. more…

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