Superman of Malegaon

When I got my first digital camera, I made sure that it was a model that could record video with audio (a rarity in my budget many years ago) and conjured a little dream – to make my own digital movies. That dream is still unfulfilled. But the motley filmmakers from Maharashtra’s Malegaon are no lazy dreamers like me. Their aspirations and resourcefulness have been captured in an award winning documentary by Faiza Ahmad Khan in Supermen of Malegaon.

The film is releasing in 10 screens across seven cities this Friday. Details below:

Ahmedabad: PVR Acropolis (8:35 PM)
Bangalore: PVR Forum Mall (2:00 PM)
Delhi: PVR Anupam (1:20 PM); PVR Director’s Cut (8:45 PM)
Gurgaon: PVR MGF Mall (9:00 PM)
Mumbai: PVR Juhu (6:20 PM); PVR Goregaon (9:20 PM); PVR Phoenix (9:20 PM)
Pune: E-Square (3:30 PM and 9:00 PM)
Surat: PVR Rahul Raj Mall (5:45 PM)

The passion for cinema of the Malegaon movie men is reminiscent of that of the pioneers of Indian cinema a 100 years ago.

About the film

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.

This passion for cinema has spurred a group of cinema enthusiasts to make their own films-quirky, low budget, socially aware and notoriously funny spoofs of Bollywood films. Their ambition has grown and now they are ready to take on Hollywood and Superman.

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.


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