Deepa Mehta to Adapt 'Secret Daughter' Novel for Film

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The "Midnight's Children" director is at work on a script for Shilpi Somaya Gowda’s book about two families bound by an adoption.

TORONTO -- Canadian director Deepa Mehta is bringing Shilpi Somaya Gowda’s novel Secret Daughter to the big screen.

Mehta, whose latest film, Midnight’s Children, based on the Salman Rushdie’s 1981 historical novel, is currently in U.S. release, is penning the script for a film adaptation of Gowda’s best-selling novel for producers Jody Colero of Silent Joe Inc. and Hussain Amarshi of Mongrel Media.

Secret Daughter tells the story of two families, one in Mumbai, India forced to give a baby up for adoption, and another in San Francisco raising a brown-skinned child from another culture.

Canada’s Harold Greenberg Fund helped option Secret Daughter, which was published by Harper Collins, for movie treatment.

Mehta was born in India before eventually moving to Canada.

Midnight's Children, which earned Rushdie the Booker literary prize, portrays the history of India from 1910 to a declared state of emergency in 1976 as told by a young man born on the stroke of midnight Aug, 15, 1947.