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Supermen of Malegaon

Directed by Faiza Ahmad Khan | |

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Malegaon, a small town tucked away near the geographical heart of India, is fraught with communal tension and under severe economic depression. To escape the harsh reality of their world, its people seek refuge in the fantastical world of cinema. This passion for films has spurred a group of cinema enthusiasts to make their own films – quirky, low budget, socially aware and spoofs of Bollywood films. Their ambition has grown and now they are ready to take on Hollywood and Superman. Supermen of Malegaon follows them on this journey. As the film begins to take shape, through approaches that are sublimely ingenious, simply bizarre and purely hysterical, we also slowly discover Malegaon itself – a microcosm that embodies and reflects the complexities of modern India.

[director]Faiza Ahmad Khan graduated from a course in Social Communications Media in 2002 after which she worked as a production executive in an ad-film company. She has worked with director Manish Jha as chief assistant director on his feature film Anwar. In early 2007, she came across the Supermen of Malegaon and by October that year, they became the subject of her first full-length documentary film.[/director]

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