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On a closed set in the capital of Sri Lanka, the acclaimed filmmaker works on an adaptation of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children

Deepa Mehta works with photography director Giles Nuttgens on the set of Midnight's Children, Mehta's adaptation of the Salman Rushdie novel.

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Mehta (with headphones) supervises the rehearsal of a key fight scene starring Siddarth, a heartthrob in the huge Telugu and Tamil film industries (middle), and Satya Bhabha, a half-Indian, half-German-Jewish actor.

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Mehta working with the cast and crew on the set of Midnight's Children.

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Mehta takes a moment on the set of Midnight's Children.

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The director with actor Kulbushan Kharbanda: At one point during the shoot, the Sri Lankan government withdrew permission to film after Iran expressed its displeasure with the Rushdie-penned project.

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