Deepa Mehta is taking Salman Rushdie’s epic novel Midnight’s Children to the big screen. And she has cast Rahul Bose in the lead role of the film called Winds of Change. Bose will be essaying the role of Saleem Sanai, the protagonist and narrator of the novel. Mehta collaborated with Rushdie to devise the screenplay of the film, which will be shot in Sri Lanka.
However Bose reticently says, "I cannot confirm if I am a part of the movie." Interestingly, he was cast to play the same role in a five-part mini series of Midnight’s Children in the ’90s. Rushdie had converted the book into a screenplay for that series, which was produced by BBC Network. The project ultimately got shelved because the Sri Lankan government, at the time, had revoked the filming permit of the project. "It was my biggest career upset. I was chosen from a score of more than 100 auditions," recalls Bose.
"The scene that got me to ace the audition was a shot where I am looking at Padma (Saleem’s wife-to-be) through the holes in a bed sheet. I remember being very ill during the audition and it fit perfectly as Saleem (the protagonist) is shaking with fever in the story as well," Bose adds.
After the mini-series was cancelled, Rushdie published its screenplay. "He wrote an extensive foreword about what went wrong with the series and that ‘it can now be confirmed that Rahul Bose was playing Saleem,’" says Bose. The casting of Winds of Change is still in progress. Shriya Saran, Seema Biswas, Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Siddharth Narayan, Soha Ali Khan, Irrfan Khan and Shahana Goswami are confirmed to act in the movie.