PIX: The Who's Who in Deepa Mehta's Midnight's Children
As Deepa Mehta's screen adaptation of Saman Rushdie's iconic Booker-winning novel Midnight's Children gets ready to be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, we introduce you to the central characters in the film.
Take a look.
Sathya Bhabha as Saleem Sinai
British-born Indian actor Sathya Bhabha plays the protagonist Saleem Sinai in the film.
Born to Harvard professor parents, Bhabha pursued a career on stage in New York and London and starred in several indie films before he landed the lead role.
Before work on the movie began, he moved in to his ancestral home in Mumbai -- the city where the novel is set -- to prepare for his role.
Saleem is born exactly at midnight, August 15, 1947, the moment when India gained her Independence, and is therefore, one of midnight's children.
Image: Sathya Bhabha as Saleem Sinai
Soha Ali Khan
Actress Soha Ali Khan plays Saleem Sinai's sister Jamila (initially known as Brass Monkey in the novel) in the film.
Jamila grows up to become a famous singer.
Image: Soha Ali Khan as Jamila
Shabana Azmi plays Naseem, Saleem Sinai's grandmother and Dr Aadam Aziz's (played by Rajat Kapoor) wife. Their daughter Mumtaz (played by Shahana Goswami) is Saleem's mother.
She is a very strong-willed character.
Image: Shabana Azmi as Naseem
Actress Shahana Goswami, who will also be seen in Kareena Kapoor-starrer Heroine, plays Saleem Sinai and Jamila's mother Mumtaz/Amina in the film.
Image: Shahana Goswami as Mumtaz/Amina
Rahul Bose and Anita Majumdar
Canadian actress and playwright Anita Majumdar will be seen in the role of Emerald, Mumtaz's pretty sister.
She marries General Zulfikar (Rahul Bose) later, and becomes Saleem/ Jamila's maternal aunt.
The film's official website describes her performance as the self-centred and ambitious Emerald 'a skillfully controlled balance of wit, high spirits, and pure indulgence.'
Image: Rahul Bose as General Zulfikar and Anita Majumdar as Emerald
Veteran character actor Kulbhushnan Kharbanda plays the snake-charmer, who brings Saleem Sinai back to life in the novel.
For someone who's terrified of snakes, Kharbanda has reportedly made his scenes with cobras appear remarkably effortless.
Image: Kulbhushan Kharbanda as the snake-charmer
Acclaimed Indian actress Seema Biswas plays Mary Perriera, Salim Sinai's nanny and a nurse at the maternity hospital.
Image: Seema Biswas as Mary Perreira
Vinay Pathak and Ranvir Shorey
Actors and real life friends Vinay Pathak and Ranvir Shorey play Salim's tormentors in the film.
According to director Deepa Mehta, Salman Rushdie has dubbed the duo Laurel and Hardy.
Image: Vinay Pathak and Ranvir Shorey
Southern actress Shriya Saran plays Parvati, the 'witch' in the film.
A midnight's child, Parvati is born seven seconds after midnight in the novel. She later marries Saleem.
Shriya, who prepared for her role by learning many magician's secrets, stories, and tricks has already impressed Rushdie with her performance.
Image: Shriya Saran as Parvati
British-American actor and musician of Indian descent, Samrat Chakraborti plays Willie Wonki, a beggar and street entertainer who sings and plays the accordion in the film.
Image: Samrat Chakraborti as Willie Wonki
British actor Charles Dance plays William Methwold, owner of the Buckingham Villa.
The character is described as 'a relict and leftover of the Raj, reluctant to give up a teaspoon of British control.'
Dance has essayed the role with a lethal emotional precision, according to the film's official website.
Image: Charles Dance as William Methwold
Actor and filmmaker Rajat Kapoor plays Aadam Aziz, Saleem Sinai's maternal grandfather in the film.
He's Mumtaz, Emerald and their sister Alia's father.
Mehta had posted Kapoor's picture on Twitter and wrote, '@mrrajatkapoor as the wise, gentle humanitarian Dr. Aziz. Rajat fully embodies the character. Jaw-dropping performance.'
Image: Rajat Kapoor as Aadam Aziz
Television and film actor Ronit Roy plays Ahmed Sinai, Saleem's father and Mumtaz's second husband.
Image: Ronit Roy as Ahmed Sinai