Netflix has purchased a new first sequence based on Salman Rushdie’s 1981 novel Midnight’s Youngsters, which promotions with India’s changeover from British colonialism to independence. The book is viewed as an case in point of postcolonial, postmodern, and magic realist literature.
Midnight’s Youngsters follows the lifestyle of Saleem Sinai, born on the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the correct time of India’s independence. He later discovers he has telepathic powers, shared with those people that have been born concerning midnight and 1am on Independence Working day, about a thousand other individuals. These children are acknowledged as “midnight’s kids”.
“His every single act is mirrored and magnified in activities that sway the program of India’s nationwide affairs his well being and well-remaining are inextricably sure to these of his country his daily life is inseparable, at situations indistinguishable, from the record of his state,” the formal description from Netflix concludes.
“I am certainly delighted that Midnight’s Small children will have a new existence on Netflix, and drastically search ahead to doing work with them to support make it,” Rushdie said in a assertion. The 71-12 months-outdated writer was born in Mumbai (then Bombay), and Midnight’s Kids – which received the Booker Prize in 1981 – is generally viewed as his best do the job. His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, remains banned in India and other countries with substantial Muslim populations.
“Midnight’s Small children is one particular of the wonderful novels of the planet, and its themes are nevertheless appropriate to the India of right now,” said Erik Barmack, Netflix’s vice president of worldwide originals. “The narrative continues to fascinate audiences a long time just after it was 1st printed. We are exceptionally thrilled to translate this pioneering operate of fiction that parallels the delivery of present day India, for a global audience. The loaded working experience and expertise of Indian creators merged with the global achieve of Netflix, have the likely for millions of much more men and women all over the environment to rediscover this story.”
This isn’t the very first time Midnight’s Youngsters will be translated for the display. Rushdie wrote the screenplay for director Deepa Mehta’s 2012 movie adaptation of the similar identify, starring Satya Bhabha, Shriya Saran, Seema Biswas, Shabana Azmi, Anupam Jher, Rahul Bose, Soha Ali Khan, and Darsheel Safary between other individuals.