[QODLink]
Europe
Rushdie releases 'Midnight's Children' film
Author talks to Al Jazeera after film version of controversial novel premiers at London Film Festival.
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2012 06:25

The film version of Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children", one of the most cherished award-winning novels of the 20th century, premiered in the 56th London Film Festival on Monday.

It tells the story of a pair of children born when India gained independence from Britain. The novel includes negative portrayals of senior Indian political figures, which led to Rushdie being sued by former prime minister Indira Gandhi. 

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Rushdie, who is also the author of the controversial novel The Satanic Verses - which earned him a death threat from Iran - urged fellow writers to not give way to religious or political pressures when expressing their ideas.

Al Jazeera's Tim Friend reports from London.

116

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
Mother of jailed Al Jazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy says her son's ordeal highlights the value of press freedom.
French Jews and Muslims say recent National Front victories in mayoral races reflect rising xenophobia.
Western fighters have streamed into the Middle East to help 'liberate' Arab countries such as Syria and Libya.
The Pakistani government is proposing reform of the nation's madrassas, which are accused of fostering terrorism.
Featured
Survivors of Bangladesh garment factory collapse say they received little compensation and face economic hardship.
As Iraq prepares to vote, deadly violence is surging. But at the site of one bomb attack, people insist life must go on.
French Jews and Muslims say recent National Front victories in mayoral races reflect rising xenophobia.
Up to 23,000 federal prisoners could qualify for clemency under new Justice Department initiative.
After years of rapid growth, Argentina is bracing for another economic crisis as inflation eats up purchasing power.
join our mailing list