- Summary: At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, as India proclaims independence from Great Britain, two newborn babies are switched by a nurse in a Bombay hospital. Saleem Sinai, the illegitimate son of a poor woman, and Shiva, the offspring of a wealthy couple, are fated to live the destinyAt the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, as India proclaims independence from Great Britain, two newborn babies are switched by a nurse in a Bombay hospital. Saleem Sinai, the illegitimate son of a poor woman, and Shiva, the offspring of a wealthy couple, are fated to live the destiny meant for each other. Their lives become mysteriously intertwined and are inextricably linked to India's whirlwind journey of triumphs and disasters. [Paladin]… Expand
Even if you've read the novel, and are prepared for the long running time and haphazard structure, this isn't a movie you should expect to feel or even closely follow. See it if Midnight's Children is a novel you always wanted the gist of.
The film needs an injection of Bollywood’s unembarrassed, anything-goes, bigger-than-life spirit, which embraces willy-nilly — as does Mr. Rushdie’s novel — the vulgar, the fanciful and the frankly unbelievable.
Despite the solid work of cast and crew, the film dawdles and fails to justify its two-and-a-half-hour running time. Midnight reaches its tender conclusion without ever achieving the emotional or dramatic heft that such an epic tale requires.
Apr 28, 2013When I noticed this movie I didn't realize it was rushdie's movie/writing. Additionally when i saw the trailer it was portrayed to me as aWhen I noticed this movie I didn't realize it was rushdie's movie/writing. Additionally when i saw the trailer it was portrayed to me as a coming of age for these kids during a unique time in history. However, what I got was a long story which revolves around these kids that were born during the exact moment of independence. A good premise but very bad execution. Underacted with potential storylines unexplored. The supernatural collection of these children that come together on occasion throughout the movie is the main plot of the story but wasn't compelling at all.… Collapse
May 9, 2014The plot is about several of children born around the first hour of India’s independence, the
central character being Saleem Sinai (SatyaThe plot is about several of children born around the first hour of India’s independence, the
central character being Saleem Sinai (Satya Bhabha as adult, Darsheel Safary as 10 years
old), who with others born around the midnight of 15th August 1947 possess special powers.
(prophecy, magic, metamorphosis).
They are the Indian X-Men, and they become the embodiment of the best hope of the two nations
during a period of bad faith, violence and the betrayal of democracy. At the centre is a variation
of Mark Twain’s ‘The Prince and the Pauper’: a rich boy and the son of a street musician are
swapped at birth by the midwife (Seema Bishwas) who believes she is exercising benign social
engineering; ‘the rich become poor and the poor rich’, as guided by her communist lover’s
The rest that follows is hastily and poorly done chronicle of Saleem’s life as it intertwines with
the new independent life of India, with occasional visits from other ‘Midnight’s Children’
who are called for conference by Saleem (why always when he is sad or disturbed?), who has
telepathic abilities, with the twitching of his remarkably large nose.
In efforts to capture the true essence of the vastly detailed volume of a book, Mehta and Rushdie
have, though possibly unintentionally, given the audience, who are occasionally thrown from
scene to scene, a sense of the movie being crammed up hastily into the space allocated by
conventional filmmaking without letting a chance for the people or the scenes sink properly. The
sympathy doesn’t go to the characters or anything that happens; instead it is on the actors.
The movie is not a waste altogether; the landscape of Kashmir has been captured gorgeously.
The film is beautifully shot, with a real sense of colour, texture, settings and light. Mehta
packs our ride with startling details that grasp our interests as we are whisked into decades.
So solemnly I wish it were the same with the details in the plot. The film loses its way into
the second half and dawdles; failing to justify it’s over two-and-half hours’ duration. All
in all, ‘Midnight’s Children’ drags to its end without tracing its mark anywhere. A dull
adaptation, ‘Midnight’ fails to ‘hit-the-spittoon’.… Expand