Heroes of the hinterland
The Osian’s film festival in New Delhi this year had a surprise hit in the form of Fiaza Ahmad Khan’s documentary Supermen of Malegaon that traced the making of Malegaon ka Superman by Sheikh Nasir, Malegaon’s one-man film industry. Neha Bhatt of Business Standard looks at this developing trend of local cinemas in India and their popularity.
“In an ill-fitting costume, long red socks and bathroom chappals, the superman of Malegaon is suddenly the overnight hero of popular imagination. Thanks to Supermen of Malegaon, a recent documentary that is winning applause at film festivals across the world, the local film artistes of a town more familiar for the blasts of 2006, are turning into overnight stars. Well, almost. The documentary captures the thriving local cinema in Malegaon through the making of Shaikh Nasir’s local film, Malegaon ka Superman, which, tongue-in-cheek, has a thin superhero battling a Gutka king.”