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Superman of Malegaon gets Maharashtrian of the Year award

Thursday December 22, 2011 10:47:15 PM, Staff Reporter


Malegaon: Shaikh Nasir, the film producer popularly known as 'Superman of Malegaon' who is credited to have introduced the local film industry at international arena, has been conferred the Maharashtrian of the Year award by popular Marathi newspaper Lokmat yesterday.


The award to Shaikh Nasir, known for producing Bollywood re-makes and honored for his internationally acclaimed film 'Malegaon ka Superman', was conferred by the President of India, Mrs. Pratibhatai Patil in a glittering ceremony held in Mumbai Wednesday.


Lokmat had short listed the Maharashtrian achievers, celebrities and unsung heroes in the field of entertainment, culture, science, literature, social service, art and politics and had put the list for voting through SMSes and online forums before finalizing the awardees. It also published their profiles with pictures in the newspapers to encourage readers for voting.


Shaikh Nasir was awarded for his outstanding contribution in the field of Entertainment. Others who bagged the award include Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bacchan and a host of others from Maharashtra who had performed excellently in their respective fields.


Shaikh Nasir has been producing re-makes of the popular Bollywood numbers since last more than a decade. His 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. On December 04 this year, the documentary was also screened in Berlin.


However there came a tragic moment in the long and delightful journey of the film when Shafeeque Ahmed, the local hero who played the lead-role in Malegaon Ka Superman died on September 07, 2011. Shafeeque had earned praise from international film critics and experts for his performance in the film where he had 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 and died due to cancer at the age of 26.








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