Midnight–Paving the way for new controversies

Midnight–Paving the way for new controversies

New Delhi : India | Sep 28, 2012 at 3:43 AM PDT
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The upcoming film based on Salman Rushdie’s novel “Midnight Children” will not be released in India due to the mentality of the insecure politicians.

Sources have revealed that a film based on Salman Rushdie’s 1981 prize winning novel “Midnight Children” is due to release but will not hit the Indian big screens due to the insecure politicians that have been a lot dominant in the country. The adaptation of the film which has been shown at Toronto International Film Festival in Canada is yet to be released worldwide in the month of October or November but the search for an Indian distributer is still on. For more details buy news articles online.

Ahmed Salman Rushdie, a very popular British Indian novelist and essayist had come up with this novel in the year 1981; it was his second novel which had won the Booker Prize in the same year. The novel based on fiction is a perfect amalgamation of magical realism with historical fiction filled with numerous connections, disruptions and migrations; it had emerged as one of the most popular bestsellers.

The novel basically throws light upon the highly critical descriptions of the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and the period when democracy was suspended in the country in the wake of the period of “Emergency” which was witnessed by India between 1975 and 1977. The newspaper reports have stated that Indira Gandhi’s thinly-disguised character is depicted on screen in "a manner that conveys an almost Voldemort-like menace" -a reference to Harry Potter's arch enemy. To gather more details buy content online. "Salman has often said that the book was his love letter to India. I think the film reflects that love," director Deepa Mehta told a newspaper in Toronto. "What a pity if insecure politicians deprive the people of India (of the chance) to make up their own minds about what the film means," she said. It’s true that the Indian politicians have acted as dominant figures and have treated the natives no less than puppets or scapegoats; they have seriously worked to violate the right to freedom of expression of the Indians.

The author’s fourth novel “The Satanic Verses (1988)” had also remained at the centre of major controversies provoking protests from Muslims in several countries and since then this book remains banned in India for allegedly insulting Islam. Recently the author was forced to withdraw from a literary festival in Jaipur this year as violent threats and angry protests were waged by the Islamist activists against him. To gather images of the protests, buy online images. Rushdie was later found criticizing the Indian politicians for gratifying to hardliners and said the country was failing to protect the right to freedom of expression. Death threats were also made against him, including a fatwā issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini which had forced the author to hide for a decade in a place that was not known. The upcoming film will surely face a lot more controversies if and when released in India.

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johnmatthew is based in New Delhi, Delhi, India, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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