US release date: April 26
They who never realize how steep the price for an independence is, might never fully appreciate a story about two boys, Saleem and Shiva, born in the exact moment of their country’s (Or, countries. India and Pakistan.) independence, switched and then separated by social status. Later on the boys find more children who share their very similar but very different fates, a thousand more of them, by telepathic and supernatural powers. And then more dramatic reversal of their fortunes come when Saleem’s non-biological father finds out a slanted little fragment of the truth, and when war swept over their–also very similar but very different–countries.
It’s a heartbreaking, beautiful, and magical story no matter how the filmmakers might fall short in effort to make it into a spectacular movie. And you don’t have to love Salman Rushdie, or hate Indira Gandhi, to like it.
My Rating: 8/10