Midnight's Children film unlikely to be released in India

  • A new film based on Sir Salman Rushdie's novel Midnight's Children may not be released in India, according to director Deepa Mehta.

    Mehta told The Hindustan Times, an Indian newspaper, that the film was yet to find a distributor in the country.

    She stated it would be "a pity if insecure politicians deprive the people of India [the chance] to make up their own minds about what the film means".

    The newspaper suggests the film's unsuccessful bid in finding a distributor may be because the Booker Prize-winning novel was critical of former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi.

    The film was screened at the Toronto Film Festival in Canada on Sunday.

    According to the Toronto Film Festival, the film is "an engrossing allegorical fantasy in which children born on the cusp of India's independence from Britain are endowed with strange, magical abilities".