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Wednesday September 07, 2011 09:52:37 AM, ummid.com Staff Reporter

Shafeeque Ahmed after cancer treatment

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Malegaon: A day after the special screening of his film, Shafeeque Ahmed, the local hero who played the lead-role in Malegaon Ka Superman - the award winning film starring the artists from the Malegaon's film industry died today morning at his residence.

 

"Shafeeque breathed his last today morning at 06:15", Nasir Shaikh, the Asst. Director of the film said while speaking to ummid.com.

 

Shafeeque was diagnosed of cancer a year back.

 

He is survived by his wife and two daughters - one three-years old and the other of two months.

 

His funeral will be held today at 11:30 AM in Malegaon.

 

In the wake of Shafeeque Ahmed's illness, the local artists had organised a special screening of the film yesterday on September 06, 2011 and he himself was present for the show.

 

Renowned film director Anurag Kashyap and producer of the film Sunil Bora had specially traveled to Malegaon for the premier show. 

 

"We wanted to give Shafeeque Ahmed a surprise Eid gift by organizing the special screening of the film in Malegaon. He was present for the show along with Anurag Kashyap, Sunil Bora and other dignitaries. He looked comfortable and we could not ascertain that this is the last time we are meeting him", said Nasir.

 

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 release of the film, he himself became victim of the same menace.

 

"Shafeeque Ahmed was diagnosed of cancer a year back and was undergoing treatment at Mumbai's Tata hospital since then", Nasir Shaikh, the Co-Producer and Asst. Director of the film and his colleague said while speaking to ummid.com.

 

"He was supported by television artist and model Deepti Bhatnagar and others during his stay at the hospital", he added.

 

Shafeeque Ahmed in his lead-role as Malegaon Ka Superman campaigned against tobacco and gutkha consumption. But he himself was addicted to gutkha. Unfortunately he could not resist the habit and became victim of the same deadly disease.

 

"He was recovering and discharged from the hospital about six months ago. However, the disease got reborn three months back", Nasir said.

 

Shafeeque Ahmed was associated with Mollywood - as the local film industry is popularly known as, since last several years. He acted in quite a few number of films produced and directed by the local artists. The film, Malegaon ka Superman, became popular worldwide after Faiza Ahmad Khan, the Director, received 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.  

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

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