By Hindustan Times
Mumbai, June 5 -- Midnight's Children, author Salman Rushdie's controversial magnum opus, is set in India and Pakistan. So, naturally, when Deepa Mehta decided to adapt the literary masterpiece for the silver screen, everyone expected her to shoot parts of the film in Pakistan.
When Mehta chose to shoot in Sri Lanka, and give both India and Pakistan a miss, conjecture was rife that she was denied permission to shoot in Pakistan (forcing her to recreate Karachi in Sri Lanka). It was even rumoured that she backed out to avoid protests from fundamentalist factions.
Deepa rubbishes the rumours, saying, "It's absolutely untrue. I never wanted to shoot the film in Pakistan, nor did it cross my mind to shoot in India." It seems, after the failed attempt to shoot a few segm