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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

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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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