Colombo, January 30, 2011
The shooting of the cinematic adaptation of the controversial albeit multi-award winning author Salman Rushdie's best selling novel Midnight's Children is due to commence on location in Sri Lanka shortly.
The English language screen adaptation of his story Water was shot on location in Sri Lanka earlier.
The film is to be directed by Oscar nominated Deepa Mehta who also directed Water. Mehta's dissatisfaction over his attempt to shoot Water in Varanasi in India made him to choose cinema-friendly island's locations subsequently.
Rushdie's fourth novel Satanic Verses (1988) created a worldwide uproar by Muslim groups.
In addition to violent protests and death threats, Iran's then Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in February 1989 issued a fatva against the British author who was appointed a Knight Bachelor by UK's Queen Elizabeth in 2007.
When the BBC was about to shoot a 5-part mini series based on Midnight's Children in the late 1990s in Sri Lanka, the government was compelled to revoke the filming license due to objections by the Muslim community in the country.