New Delhi: Salman Rushdie says it was flattering to get the offer to narrate his own novel 'Midnight's Children' on the big screen but he was "nervous" about spoiling the film.
The Booker-prize-winning author, 65, who has also written the script for the Deepa Mehta directed movie, says the decision to have his voice-over came late.
"I did not decide to become the narrator. It was Deepa's idea. I did not want to do it. We tried to make the film without a narration but it was only when we began assembling the film that we felt a voiceover was needed," Rushdie said at a press meet last night.
"Deepa tried two actors but in the end told me 'you should do it'. It was very flattering but it also made me nervous because I did not want to be the one amateurish thing that spoils the film. I thought if it really embarrasses me, I had the right to fire myself. I went into it with that kind of spirit," Rushdie said at the event, organised by Landmark and PVR.
The making of the film has been an interesting journey in itself and Mehta, who accompanied the author, recalled how they lost a cobra while shooting the film in Sri Lanka.