By Kanika Tandon
LONDON: Acclaimed director Deepa Mehta says that the idea of turning an award-winning book such as Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children should have ideally intimidated her, but she had no time to be fearful about it.
Mehta, who is friends with author Salman Rushdie, says that she never planned on turning Rushdie’s book into a film.
“It happened very organically, over a casual conversation. There was no time to feel intimidated or fearful about the incredible lineage of this award-winning book. I should have been terrified, but maybe I was too stupid. I just didn’t think about it,’’ she said.
Deepa Mehta, who is known for her bold and honest films such as Fire and Water, says Midnight’s Children too is an honest film, one she hopes audience will like.
“I hope the film does well. I hope it’s really successful. Some will love the film, some won’t. But it’s a film made with honesty and love. Like any filmmaker, I’d like it to be hugely successful.’’
Deepa’s next film will be on the French artist Henri Matisse and his relationship with his muse.
“It will focus on the last two years of Matisse’s life and the wonderful relationship he had with a nun,’’ says Deepa.
Shooting for the film will begin in the summer of 2013.