“Midnight’s Children is my biggest film to date”
Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children is finally inching towards its October release and the 62- year- old filmmaker is eagerly awaiting the first print that will be delivered to her on June 10. The long wait has been sweetened by the Governor- General Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada’s highest civilian award. Mehta speaks to INDIA TODAY. Q. How do you feel about receiving the Governor- General’s award? A. It is such an incredible honour, a definite high point of my career. Salman Rushdie’s tribute was extremely moving. Q. How is Midnight’s Children from your earlier films? A. This is certainly my ‘ biggest film’ to date. We shot in over 60 locations in just 70 days. Q. How much of your own vision have you added to the story? A. Mine is just one interpretation of Rushdie’s book. Luckily, he was incredibly respectful of my job as a filmmaker. Q. What are you working on next? A. A film called Masterpiece. It’s the story of the French artist Henri Matisse and his muse.