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Rushdie's India Visit to Promote Film Uncertain
Uncertainty prevailed over author Salman Rushdie's visit to India next week to promote Deepa Mehta's screen adaptation of his novel Midnight's Children, with conflicting versions coming from the promotional event host and the film's official publicists.

Bookstore chain Landmark, which said it is hosting Rushdie, issued a statement claiming that Rushdie and the filmmaker will be coming to the national capital to promote the film on January 24.

"It's a great feeling to be visiting Landmark and talking about my book, Midnight's Children which has been made into a movie by my friend Deepa Mehta. The book is an enthralling family tale and a surprising evocation of a vast land and its people," the release quoted Rushdie as saying.

Ashutosh Pandey, COO of Landmark, said, "We are certain the movie will receive international acclamation and will be well received by the discerning audience."

But the film's official PR agency gave a different account. It said though they are trying their best to bring the 65-year-old author to India, the Landmark statement issued is not approved by Rushdie and it is not yet confirmed whether he will be coming to India to promote the film.

Booker Prize-winning Midnight's Children revolves around two babies born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947 and swapped by a nurse in a Bombay hospital.

Mehta has adapted it into a film, which stars Shriya Saran, Anupam Kher, Shabana Azmi, Seema Biswas and others.

The film is being distributed by PVR Pictures in India and is set to hit the theatres here on February 1.
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5/D-20
Jan 19, 2013
11:55 AM

Why bother ... aise bhi movie par ban lagne wala hai, Banisthan mein.

Aap loog aaye gey tho ban jaldi lag jaye ga. Aur waise sey bhi yeh desh bachoon kaa hey, tho samaj tho aani waali nahin hey.

Hopefully it will still be playing mid-feb when I visit the US.

Arun Maheshwari, Bangalore
4/D-2
Jan 19, 2013
12:30 AM

Irreverent,

>> Bajrangis are indeed the 'lunatic fringe'.

Not as far as this forum is concerned! You are a perfect example. Those who say that Bajrangi actions in Gujarat were meant to teach "them" a lesson are included in this huge "fringe"!

Anwaar, Dallas
3/D-144
Jan 18, 2013
11:57 PM

 >> "With Deepa Mehta being hated by Bajrangis and Salman Rushdie being hated by Muslims" - Anwaar

You nailed it!! With reference to discussions on 'lunatic fringe' under the article http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?283499 , your above statement gives a good example.

Bajrangis are indeed the 'lunatic fringe' but Muslims act in near-solidarity!!

The Irreverent Indian
Online, India
2/D-141
Jan 18, 2013
11:21 PM

Trailer looks good. American reviewers have been largely respectful but thought the movie was a bit too long. With Deepa Mehta being hated by Bajrangis and Salman Rushdie being hated by Muslims, it should have an interesting reception in India.

Anwaar, Dallas
1/D-98
Jan 18, 2013
05:46 PM

Some Jehadi outfits have already started their preparations to disrupt Rushdie's proposed visit !

Am I right Mr.Anwaar ?

Jo Mb, kolkata
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