All audience reviews of Midnight's Children

  • Festival Circuits only !

    Manu Agrawal

    Rated 
    4.0
    Desimartini | Updated - February 24, 2013 14:04 PM IST
    2.6DM (220 ratings)
    2.8Critic (5 ratings)

    Verdict - Very well Made,

    Midnight's ChildrenWatch trailerRelease date : February 01, 2013



    When people like Salman Rushdie and Deepa Mehta collaborate, and the product is still allowed to be presented to the public, that itself is a miracle.

    Both have a controversial past, and Midnight's Children was perhaps one chance for the general public to witness the brilliance of both.Strictly for Festival circuits, this movie is more of a showcase of the creator's mastery over their individual mediums than a coherent script with a satisfactory ending. Explaining the plot is something beyond my expertise, and so I will stick to the other nitty gritties.

    Visually, MC is a treat to the senses - with subdued colors and elegant sets. The keyword is 'elegance' here, and not Sanjay Bhansali's 'extravagance': so you get to see the opulence of pre-Independence Kashmir and subsequently the slums of the 1990s. Nothing is over the top speaking of the ambience - the exaggerations have been reserved for the script alone, and thus you have iconic scenes like that of demonic Shiva (Siddharth) towering over the slums still saddling his motorcycle.

    Getting the who's who of the Indian film industry to act in bit roles was a casting coup as well - so we have Shabana Azmi and Rajat Kapoor playing an unlikely couple where the wife wishes to rein in her daughters while the husband easily relents. Perhaps the Writer and Director have drawn inferences from their own symbiotic relationship while developing the film, as the cinematic medium does not offer as much laxity as available in print.

    Midnight's Children is a film which provokes the mind- to draw analogies and to identify symbols. It is one which demands time and respect, and not a two-dimensional review.

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  • Manu Agrawal

    Manu Agrawal

    126 Reviews , 15 Followers
    Rated 4.0February 24, 2013

    Festival Circuits only !

    When people like Salman Rushdie and Deepa Mehta collaborate, and the product is still allowed to be presented to the public, that itself is a mirac...read more

  • Abhra Das

    Abhra Das

    4 Reviews
    Rated 4.0February 07, 2013

    Sheer Poetry On Screen

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  • Nikhil Arora

    Nikhil Arora

    213 Reviews , 368 Followers
    Rated 2.0February 06, 2013

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  • Vinay

    Vinay

    1 Reviews
    Rated 4.0February 05, 2013

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    Vinay

    1 Reviews
    Rated 4.0February 04, 2013

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  • Mihir Fadnavis

    Mihir Fadnavis

    Rated 2.0February 6, 2013

    Midnight's Children

    Rushdie’s screenplay, based on his own book gets some of its ‘essence’ right, but director Deepa Mehta does a mostly appalling ha... read more

  • Rashid Irani

    Rashid Irani

    Rated 2.5February 2, 2013

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  • Rajeev Masand

    Rajeev Masand

    Rated 2.5February 2, 2013

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  • Shubhra Gupta

    Shubhra Gupta

    Rated 2.5February 2, 2013

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  • IANS

    IANS

    Rated 4.5February 1, 2013

    Midnight's Children

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