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Salman Rushdie's 'Midnight's Children' heads to the big screen

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Indian born British author Salman Rushdie looks on at a function to promote the film 'Midnight's Children' in Mumbai on January 29, 2013, just prior to its release in India on February 1. Directed by Deepa Mehta, the film is based on Rushdie's Booker Prize-winning novel 'Midnight's Children',” which he also adapted for the screen. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images

There was no need to reach out to the public for funds when it came to making a film version of Salman Rushdie's 1981 book "Midnight's Children." After all, the story was a proven hit.

The novel is one of the world's most acclaimed modern novels, and it picked up the Best of the Booker Prize in 2008.

"Midnight's Children" is a magical tale about a boy named Saleem Sinai, born at midnight on August 15, 1947, at the same hour that India became an independent republic. As the story unfolds, we discover that all children born at this hour have special powers.

The film "Midnight's Children" opens on Friday in LA. 

We recently spoke with Salman Rushdie who said he never imagined this book would make it to the silver screen when it was first published 32 years ago.

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