Starring: Satya Bhabha, Shahana Goswami, Rajat Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Ronit Roy, Siddharth, Seema Biswas
Directed by: Deepa Mehta
The plot: At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, fireworks explode over India to signify independence. Across the country, children come into the world, all of whom are secretly connected and blessed with magical powers. Saleem and Shiva are two such babies, one destined for poverty, the other for comfort, until a nurse at the hospital - in an act of rebellion - switches their name tags, consequently robbing Shiva of his privileged birth right.
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The movie's pace flags a good deal once Bangladesh has been born in 1971, and the adult characters are much less interesting than their child counterparts, but there's enough here to entertain.
As the magic realist element thickens ? and the action plays hopscotch with time and place - one cares less about the characters, who float off into the realm of theory.
A charming historical epic that will delight fans of the book and those invested in the story of the birth of modern India.