By Hindustan Times
As Deepa Mehta’s film adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s award-winning book, Midnight’s Children, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, the news was that distributors in 40 countries bought rights to the film. That list however, didn’t include a single Indian distributor.
The perception was that distributors here might be scared since the film references former prime minister Indira Gandhi and the Emergency. Deepa was quoted saying that it would be a “pity” if the film didn’t release here due to “insecure politicians.” However, while some Indian distributors and trade analysts feel that the film’s political references and the fatwas on Rushdie could be responsible, most say that, for them, it’s purely a business decision.
Trade analyst Vinod Mirani