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CBC Interview gave a vision to Mollywood team

Shaikh Nasir who has worked as a Director, Cameraman and Media Editor for over 90% of the films that have been produced in Malegaon, found it very interesting when he himself came in front of the lenses. Not only this, the visit by CBC crews gave him a vision for making the films. “Till now we have concentrated only on providing some moments of laughter for the poor labors in Malegaon, who do not find anything in this town for freak-out after working extensively for the whole day", says Shaikh Nasir.

Malegaon: After making the news in print and electronic media over the years at National level, the emerging film industry in Malegaon, popularly known as MOLLYWOOD in accordance with Hollywood and Bollywood, is now all set to hit the International headlines. The credit for this goes to Canada Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) which had sent a five-member team led by Jacqueline Corkery recently to Malegaon as part of their project entitled as “India Reborn”.


“India, a Great Culture is fast emerging as a Giant Economy. This makes the world keen not only to know about the big Indian Metros, but also to know about the real-rural life of the country”, Jacquie said while speaking exclusively to and emphasized, “The real India and real Indians! They are all very interesting for the people world over.”


“And for doing this”, Jacquie who is working as a Director explained, “Canada Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is making a Documentary on various aspects in India. Mainly, we will be focusing on Economy, Politics, Food & Agriculture and Entertainment. Different teams are working in different parts of the country on these topics. I am taking care of the Entertainment part.”


When asked, why is their focus on Malegaon - a depleted and neglected town - Jacquie said, “That’s what we wanted to see. With no active supports from the Government, the way the town is living up to the expectation is really amazing. Hours of power disruptions, more than hundred years of power looms, poor weavers laboring hard for a miserable amount and still very humorous and jolly, caring damn about anything. It’s all very fascinating.”


Canada Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) team led by Jacqueline Corkery interviewing Nasir Shaik



“Same is the case with the “Film Industry” in Malegaon”, Jacquie came right to her topic. “Despite lack of technological savoir faire, the way these youngsters have produced so many films is really surprising. Though remakes, the end results of their films are really astonishing”,  Jacquie showered the praise as Nasir Shaikh, the mastermind behind SN Films and the man who has directed many films produced in the town, sat near her blushing.


The visit provided moments to rejoice for all the “Local Heroes” who had worked in many “re-makes” like Malegaon ke Sholay, Malegaon ki Lagaan and other hits. And though they had always earned praise from Bollywood stalwarts like Anupam Kher, Raj Babbar and others, meeting the International media was an experience of its own kind.


Local artists and film producers have also learnt a lesson or two from the CBC team's visit to Malegaon. “After CBC Interview when we faced several questions on our motives behind making the films, the idea of adding useful messages along with the comedy that was in our minds and was under a very premature stage got developed", says Shaikh Nasir.


Once the idea was developed, Nasir started implementing it right away. And if his latest film on promoting Polio dose in Malegaon in association with the local Municipal Corporation - that has helped in increasing the tally of the children taking the dose by over 5000 in numbers - is any indication, he has succeeded in his mission. Encouraged, he is now planning to make a film entitled as “Malegaon ka Tana Bana” focusing communal harmony.










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