The gala Indian premier of the most debated film of recent times, Midnight’s Children, received a grant opening that International Film Festival of Kerala and its delegates have never witnessed before. The program was conducted at the portico of Anjali Theater. The inaugural screening of the film was in the style of ‘Hollywood Red Carpet Shows’.
Around 5.30 in the evening, the film’s cast and crew, including director Deepa Mehta, producer David Hamilton, Actors Rahul Boss and Rajat Kapoor, Minister Ganesh Kumar, Chalachitra Academy Chairman Priyadharshan, Festival Artistic director Beena Paul Venugopal set their foot on the red carpet. Later Veteran actor Madhu arrived at the special function. All the celebrities had a photo session of the media and public.
Before screening, around 6, the inaugural function took place in front of the theater lounge. Giving an auspicious start for the screening, lamp was lit by minister, film director and other dignitaries. Then memento from the SL Theater group was handed over to Deepa Mehta, by minister Ganesh Kumar. Next, film’s cast Rahul Boss, read out the ‘forward’ of the new edition of the book, which is in-tie with the movie. Before reading Boss, explained that, Deepa Mehta and the cast decided to read this forward to make the audience understand the writer’s effort behind the book. In his forward, Rushdie explains his inspiration for the story of the book and how he developed the characters of the story, Midnight’s Children.
Right after this, the film had its first screening in the Indian soil. The theater was house-packed for the film, which has only one screening in the festival. Malayalam film directors like Lal Jose, Major Ravi, Viji Thampi, IG B. Sandhya and many other dignitaries were present. The film will be released in Indian theaters by February mid next year, through PVR Cinemas.