And it was colonized as well, so they still have the broad avenues and boulevards, and old British bungalows, and very few high-rises. And then we got a letter from the film board of Sri Lanka saying that our permission to shoot had been withdrawn.
What do you mean? It turned out that the Iranian foreign minister in Tehran called the Sri Lankan ambassador in Tehran and told him that he had heard that a film based on a Salman Rushdie book was being filmed in Sri Lanka and that it was well advised for Sri Lanka if they withdraw the permission. We went immediately to the president, but he was somewhere in the interior. So we all sat in the hotel for two or three days.
And that was nerve-wracking. Then the president came and he looked at the letter and he started laughing. How dare they bully us. Go ahead and film, no problem.
He felt it was because of him, and he felt really awful. Obviously, this is a very difficult book to condense. He was born at midnight, and went on a journey in search of family, in search of a home, in search of an identity. As an immigrant to Canada, this is something I have great empathy for. People who move from place to place, we have to reinvent ourselves in many ways.
Did the scope of the film make it particularly difficult? I was working with five or six or eight or 10 major actors at a time, and I knew that every performance has to be honest and true.
You have to be really alert making sure that people are well rehearsed, that they understood their character arc and that they have fun with it. I remember thinking that for the 79 days of shooting, I had to be really fit. I had never been to a gym in my life, and I was a heavy smoker. So I gave up smoking six months before we started shooting, I joined a gym, and I started doing yoga. I felt I had to be fit in order to work with so many actors. In making a film that is so deeply about India, does it help to bring a perspective from the outside, from living in Canada for most of your adult life?
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