India censor board approves Midnight's Children film

  • The Indian censor board has approved without any cuts a film based on Salman Rushdie's novel Midnight's Children, filmmaker Deepa Mehta said on Friday.

    "India here we come-intact! Great news... Midnight's Children went through Indian Censor board without one picture cut. Salman Rushdie and I thrilled," Mehta wrote on Twitter.

    The film is due to be released early next year in India.

    It premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in Canada in September.

    Midnight's Children was also screened at the opening of the ongoing International Film Festival of Kerala.

    Midnight’s Children tells the story of an Indian family living through the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 and the 1970s state of emergency.

    The British author won the Booker Prize for the novel in 1981. However, his critical depiction of former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi had thrown the film's India release into doubt.

    Director Deepa Mehta filmed the movie in Sri Lanka instead of India, after protesters from right-wing Hindu groups targeted her previous production.