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Midnight's Children

Dramatisation of Salman Rushdie's novel
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An ambitious dramatisation of Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic.

CAST
Saleem ...... Nikesh Patel
Jamila ...... Deeivya Meir
Young Saleem ...... Zain Syed
Young Jamila ...... Misha Shah
Mumtaz ...... Anneika Rose
Ahmed ...... Narinder Samra
Brigadier Iskander ...... Selva Rasalingam
Sergeant Major Najmuddin ...... Sagar Arya
Ayooba ...... Abhin Galeya
Shaheed ...... Ronny Jhutti
The Peasant ...... Akbar Kurtha
Picture Singh ...... Silas Carson
Parvati ...... Aysha Kala
Young Shiva ...... Nael Ameen
Young Parvati ...... Nikita Mehta
Midnight's Child ...... Ahren Chadha
Midnight's Child ...... Shiven Shankar
Midnight's Child ...... Shreya Shah

All other parts were played by:

Sheetal Kapoor, Renu Brindle and Emilio Doorgasingh and members of the company.

Dramatised in five episodes by Ayeesha Menon.

Directed and produced by Tracey Neale and Emma Harding.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2017.

Episodes
1. The Perforated Sheet
Dr Aadam Aziz falls in love with a woman hidden behind a perforated sheet.

2. The Birth of a Nation
Saleem is born at the exact moment of India's Partition.

3. All India Radio
Young Saleem discovers he has the power of telepathy.

4. How Saleem Achieved Purity
The Indo-Pakistani war of 1965 changes Saleem's life forever.

5. The Shadow of the Mosque
Saleem is reunited with the other Midnight's Children in terrifying circumstances.


6. Interview with Salman Rushie by producer Emma Harding
They discuss the initial impetus for the novel and the mirroring of his own life as a child born 70 years ago in the year of India's Partition.

Rushdie also talks about the break-through moment of finding Saleem's voice, his attempt to represent the multiplicity of India in a single novel, and his pessimism about the direction of travel of India and Pakistan today.

  1. The Perforated Sheet (75.8Mb)
  2. The Birth of a Nation (75.8Mb)
  3. All India Radio (74.3Mb)
  4. How Saleem Achieved Purity (75.3Mb)
  5. The Shadow of the Mosque (74.5Mb)
  6. Interview with Salman Rushdie (19.4Mb)

MP3 files hosted by archive.org.