Vi segnaliamo l'intervista concessa da Salman Rushdie a Rolling Stone pubblicata oggi, nella quale fra l'altro si legge:
What movies were you thinking about when you wrote this treatment (sceneggiatura de I figli della mezzanotte)?
The great [Luchino] Visconti film, The Leopard (Il gattopardo). It also has this quality of epic action and revolution, combined with a very intimate family story at its heart. We thought we needed to find that tone of voice, one that allowed us to move from intimacy to epic.
How much were you influenced by Indian cinema?
We both, Deepa (Mehta) more than I, are steeped in Indian cinema, and it did help us with the casting. Siddharth, who plays Saleem's alter ego, Silva, and the actor Shriya Saran, who plays Parvati the Witch, are big stars in South Indian cinema. The boy who plays the younger Saleem, Darsheel Safary, was somebody that I saw in the Aamir Khan movie Like Stars on Earth (Taare Zameen Par) a couple years ago. There's a scene in the film where Saleem follows his mother to this café, and while he's watching her, on his right, there's a giant poster of the movie Mother India, which is a deliberate reference to that iconic film, a kind of Indian Gone With the Wind. In some ways, our film is about Mother India, too.