Deepa Mehta and
The festival announced this morning that it will host the world premiere of Mehta's "Midnight's Children," while Nair's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" will make its North American debut at the event.
"Midnight's Children" centers on the journey of two newborns switched at birth at a Bombay hospital on the dawn of India's independence from Britain. "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" is an international political
The films are very different, yet they share a lot in common. Both are based on literary works: "Midnight's Children" was originally a novel by Salman Rushdie (who also wrote the screenplay), while "Fundamentalist" is based on the bestselling novel by Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid.
The two women shot the films about the same time, and both were forced to use India as a double for
"Midnight's Children" is scheduled to be released in the U.S. in October, while "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," which will first open at the