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Rushdie film to be released in India despite protests

  • A new film based on Sir Salman Rushdie's novel Midnight's Children is to be screened in India, a month after the movie's director said she feared "insecure politicians" would prevent it from being shown.

    The film 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 Midnight's Children 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.

    PVR Pictures, the distribution company that has acquired the film in India, said it does not expect any problems.