A colourful account of India's passage into independence in the middle of the 20th Century concentrating on the children who were born on the eve of independence who shared a special spiritual connection. It gives an insight into the problems encountered at that time - not a mainstream film but very good because of it's historical relevance
You will either like the story or not depending on whether you like the way Rushdie writes, but you cannot argue with the way the film is shot - it is truly beautiful and does seem to capture an essence of India
We'd seen a trailer for this on another DVD we have and I was fascinated by it. So I bought it and finally managed to persuade my husband to watch it one evening. However we found it dull and not as gloriously dramatic and colourful as the trailer. In fact he went to bed before the end as he was so bored and I followed him soon after as I realised I wasn't that bothered about the end either! Might watch the end some other time but then it will be going to the charity shop!
This is not a Bollywood-film, this is a fantastic film based on the book by Salman Rushdi. The setting is the partition of the Old India into India, Pakistan and eventually Bangladesh. The story concerns a family afflicted by these events in their everyday life. I was captivated by the story and was sad when it ended.
There's just so much that can fit into a film of about 2.5 hours, but this works well. As a film, it's excellent, though perhaps one does need to know something of India's recent history, to appreciate much of the story. It reminds me of my family's sadness at leaving the new, and smaller, Independent India, of the many family friends from India and Pakistan who came to visit, of the stories of the good times they and my parents shared. The film is truly evocative of an India in the convulsions of birth and adolescence. All that's missing is the scent of the country.
This film is special. So, separately for the different medium, is the book. See the film; read the book. Be inspired by both.