“Mid­night’s Chil­dren is my big­gest film to date”

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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.

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