Salman Rushdie was very flattered for getting a chance to narrate in the film adaptation of Midnight’s Children, his novel. He did admit to being nervous though as he didn’t want to ruin the film. This award winning author said that the voiceover decision came very late. He said that it was the film’s director, Deepa Mehta’s, idea. He didn’t want to do it but when the movie was being filmed, they felt that a narration was required.
Mr. Rushdie said that Deepa had tried two voice actors before finally deciding that he was the best person for the job.
This is the second shot at adapting the book into the movie. It didn’t work out the first time and this time Mr. Rushdie personally wrote the screenplay and made a lot of cuts in order to fit the whole thing into a two hour movie.