'Midnight's Children' film adaptation opens in Mumbai
Author Salman Rushdie attends a promotional event for the film adaptation of “Midnight’s Children” in Mumbai, India on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, February 1, 2013 7:41AM EST
NEW DELHI -- The film adaptation of Salman Rushdie's book "Midnight's Children" has opened in India with the cast in attendance.
The Booker Prize-winning novel chronicles the lives of two children who get switched at birth on the day of India's independence in 1947.
The movie, shot on location in Sri Lanka, is directed by Deepa Mehta and features a voiceover by Rushdie.
There were concerns about protests after objections of the portrayal of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in the book, but Thursday night's opening was peaceful.
"Midnight's Children" won Britain's Booker Prize in 1981, and was selected in 1993 as the best novel in 25 years of Booker Prize winners.
India-born writer Rushdie's controversial book "The Satanic Verses," is banned in the country as many Muslims consider it to be blasphemous.