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Superman of Malegaon to hit Berlin screens December 04

Thursday December 01, 2011 01:08:10 PM, Staff Reporter


Malegaon: The Superman of Malegaon, the documentary film which introduced Mollywood - the local film industry to the International audience as never before, has been included for screening in Berlin on December 04, 2011.


"The complete 70 min screening of the documentary film has been included as part of the 4-day special program on film piracy titled 'Postcolonial Piracy-Media Distribution and Cultural Production in the Global South'", Shaikh Nasir, Director of Malegaon Ka Superman, said to before leaving for Germany November 30.


"Superman of Malegaon will be screened at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin on December 04 at 01:00 PM local time", he added.


Shaik Nasir is accompanied by Faiza Ahmed Khan, director of The Superman of Malegaon, and Ranjani Mazumdar on this international tour.


While Ranjani Mazumdar has been scheduled to introduce the documentary to the German audience, the screening of the film will be followed by a discussion with Shaikh Nasir and Faiza A Khan on 'Making of Malegaon ka Superman'.


Paying tribute to the Malegaon film Industry and the film, the program chart reads:


"Malegaon, a small town tucked away near the heart of India geographically, is fraught with communal tension and under economic depression. To escape the harsh reality of their world, its people seek refuge in the fantastical world of cinema.

"We follow them on this journey. At times funny, tragic, contemplative. Always warm and engaging. And as the film begins to take shape, through schemes and approaches that are sublimely ingenious, simply bizarre and purely hysterical, we also slowly discover Malegaon itself. The film is a tribute to a spirit that can never be vanquished, the spirit that enables The Supermen of Malegaon to make Malegaon’s Superman." 


Mollywood has been busy making re-makes of the popular Bollywood numbers since last more than two decades. Its film 'Malegaon Ka Superman' hit the international headlines when Faiza Khan made a documentary film on 'Making of Malegaon Ka Superman' simultaneously and received the Jury Award for Best Documentary at Asiatica Film Mediale, Rome in 2008.


The film was later selected for screening - first by Ocian’s Cinefan film festival held in New Delhi, and later for the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) which was held in Goa in November 2009. In the same year, the film was also selected for the film festivals held in United States, Pakistan, Romania, Poland, Israel, Spain and China in quick successions. In January 2010, the film was screened in Dhaka and Kuwait, and in February 2010 was selected for Vesoul Asian FF, France.


A tragic moment in the long and delightful journey of the film came when

Shafeeque Ahmed, the local hero who played the lead-role in Malegaon Ka Superman died on September 07, 2011.


Shafeeques had earned laurels from international film critics and experts when in his film he campaigned against tobacco use and warned people about its danger. But two years after completion of the film, he himself became victim of the same menace. He was just 26 when died of cancer. 








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