Ishaan Khatter quits Vishal Bhardwaj's Midnight's Children adaptation
The 23-year-old actor was expected to portray Saleem Sinai, the protagonist of Salman Rushdie's 1981 novel, in the upcoming Netflix adaptation
It was announced last year that filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj is overseeing an upcoming Netflix adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Booker Prize-winning novel, Midnight’s Children. While no official announcement was made, it was learnt that newcomer Ishaan Khatter has been roped in to play Saleem Sinai, the protagonist of the story. However, according to a recent report, Ishaan has walked out of the project due to creative differences with the makers.
The 23-year-old actor made his acting debut in Majid Majidi’s Beyond The Clouds (2017). Last year, he starred opposite Janhvi Kapoor in Dhadak, the Hindi adaptation of the hit Marathi film Sairat. Besides Midnight’s Children, Ishaan has also be rumoured to be a part of Mira Nair’s adaptation of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy.
Vishal Bharadwaj is known for his long-term association with Ishaan’s elder brother Shahid Kapoor. The duo have worked together on Kaminey, Haider and Rangoon. Meanwhile, it's also heard that director Ram Madhvani is planning to bring together Ishaan and Shahid for an upcoming action-adventure film.