Supermen of Malegaon


Supermen of Malegaon
Release date: June 29, 2012
Directed by: Faiza Ahmad Khan
Cast: Shafique, Nasir Shaikh, Akram Khan, Farogh Jafri

Supermen of Malegaon is basically an inside view of the micro-filmmaking experience. Nasir has a strong affinity towards Hollywood, he admires their techniques and innovative methods through whatever he got to watch in his semi-video library. He’s made a film that parodies the classic Sholay, and names it Malegaon Ke Sholay. This time, he ventures to make a spoof on Superman. He symbolizes the films made in Mollywood, i.e. Malegaon’s filmmaking unit.

Malegaon enjoys its bereft remains of cinema and the entire town runs on the handloom industry. Probably, any other village with the impending issues of job insecurity and power cuts. Nasir gets his quartet of writers to make the story ‘as strong as possible’ and presents two contradicting styles in Akram and Farogh. The former believes in a commercially viable, action-impact brand of writing and the latter is the embodiment of the content driven, character loving philosophical style.

Akram multitasks as per the evolving needs of the inner workings. Akram plays the bad guy of the film, mixes sound, sings, dubs and shaves his head. Shafique is our finalized Superman with a frail bodyframe. He knows that this is just a small step in his long way to his imagined success. Nasir keeps reaffirming that the entire filmmaking scene is his hobby and not a career alternative because he doesn’t hope to sacrifice his own vision by working with a more hundred people. Each character has certain dreams and aspirations, to make it big in cinema or monetarily.

The entire filmmaking experience is delightful to say the least. It shows you the difficulties faced while handling the camera and collecting funds and small-time maverick ideas by the makers to incorporate maximum ‘flying sequences’ of the Superman, because, why else would the audiences watch a film titled Malegaon ka Superman (Malegaon’s Superman) – along with the under-developed social and psychological ideologies of the majorly Muslim populated place. A special mention to the couplets in Hindi-Urdu that exemplifies almost every village in India. Supermen of Malegaon puts forth a mix of social pathos and highlighting of ordinary Supermen living even in the most conflicted regions.

Supermen of Malegaon also shows you how cinema – even after hundreds of years – still remains one of the most emotionally releasing and stimulating mediums of harmless intoxication for the working classes and the oppressed. It is a shame how this gem of a piece waited for years before seeing the light of the projecting rays in India, even after going through various film festivals.

It’s depressing how the ever-smiling Superman, Shafique isn’t alive to see the adulation that he longed for. Supermen of Malegaon is not a regular experience, watch it while it lasts.

My rating: ****1/2 (4.5 out of 5)

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