Thursday, November 13, 2008

Author Rushdie and Director Mehta Team

Mehta and Rushdie

Director Deepa Mehta is collaborating with Salman Rushdie on a feature-film adaptation of the author's 1981 novel "Midnight's Children," which won Britain's prestigious Booker literary prize. The story is narrated by a young man born on the stroke of midnight 15 August 1947, the day India won independence from Britain.

Both Mehta and Rushdie were born in India, with the filmmaker eventually making her base in Toronto, Canada, and Rushdie resides somewhere in Britain. They will co-write the screenplay and hope to roll cameras in 2010. Indian actors Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das, who starred in two earlier Mehta films, FIRE and EARTH, will star in the project.
Mehta's movie WATER was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film (BFLF) category in 2007. Germany's Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "Das Leben der Anderen" (THE LIVES OF OTHERS) captured the Oscar for best foreign-language film that year.

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