With the threat to his life hanging like sword over his head, Salman Rushdie braves another India visit. And if all goes well the literary icon will be in New Delhi on January 24 to promote Deepa Mehta's Midnight's Children, which is based on his Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name.
Rushdie, whose 1988 novel "The Satanic Verses" is still banned in India for allegedly blaspheming Muslims, withdrew from the Jaipur Literature Festival in January after Islamic hardliners threatened to disrupt the gathering and police told him assassins from the Mumbai underworld were plotting to kill him. He then briefly visited India in March 2012.
"It's a great feeling to be visiting Landmark and talking about my book, 'Midnight's Children', which has been made into a movie by my friend Deepa Mehta," Rushdie said in a statement.
He is likely to visit other cities as well. However, the plans are being kept under wraps for security reasons.
Rushdie who is excited about creating a buzz about the film added,
"The book is an enthralling family tale and a surprising evocation of a vast land and its people. It is a vivid manifestation of the universal human comedy. It is a pure story, an ebullient, portrayal of characters which leaves the reader thinking about finding the much needed voice for the country's Independence."
The movie will be released in India by PVR Pictures on February 1.