Deepa Mehta and Salman Rushdie will collaborate on a film version of Rushdie s acclaimed novel Midnight's Children. Ms. Mehta and Mr. Rushdie are co-writing a screenplay based on Rushdie's “Booker of Bookers” Prize-winning novel. Published in 1981, Midnight's Children is the fictional memoir of Saleem Sinai, one of 1001 children born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India s independence. “I m delighted that my friend Deepa Mehta has agreed to make a film of Midnight's Children. Her passion for the book, combined with her immense talent as a filmmaker, means that my novel has been placed in the best possible hands. I also look forward to working with her on the screenplay,” said Rushdie. Twenty-five years after its publication, Midnight's Children stands apart as both an epochal work of fiction and a brilliant performance by one of the great literary voices of our time. Midnight s Children won both the 1981 Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize the same year. It is also the only Indian novel on Time's list of the 100 best English-language novels since its founding in 1923.