In one of the scenes director Nasir Sheikh reading to a newspaper report that covered a days shoot of his film Malegaon Ka Superman reacts Superman likhna tha Spiderman likh diya. Little did he know then that the universe will conspire and pit him against the release of The Amazing Spiderman.
Supermen of Malegaon is a documentay about the making of a film. Nasir is shooting Malegaon ka Superman and Faiza Ahmad Khan is shooting him making that movie.
The last time I saw a documentary about the making of a film was Chale Chalo that was told through an insiders view of what is happening around him. Here Faiza is a complete outsider to this world called Mollywood. She patiently trails Nasir and the other crew members without ridiculing what they are doing.
It is a full fledged laugh riot better than any comedy film put together in Bollywood in recent times. The humour in it can be found in the simplicity and the innocence of the people of Malegaon. There is a guy who calls VCR HIV, the editor who spells Croma as Choroma etc.
Like the Chaplin films they struggle and endure trouble and pain and we laugh, at times feeling guilty about it.
It is but natural that it is a must watch for anyone passionate about cinema but more than that it should be watched by people who have either given up or are on the verge of giving up on their dreams, their passions and their goals.
Nasirs struggle to make this film is a reminder that you can achieve something not by thinking or talking about it but by doing it.
Shafigue the guy who plays Superman in the film died of cancer recently is guy is a revelation. He plays a dual persona - who he is in real life and who he has to become on screen.
In one of the scenes Nasir travels to Bombay in search of some software to do a chroma shoot. On being told that it will cost him 2 lakhs he walks out dejected saying itne paise mein toh main char picture bana doonnga. That is just one of the many goosebumps inducing moments in the film.
If you find the thought of watching documentaries boring, dry and preachy be assured that this film is up there with any entertaining film of recent times.
One more incentive two superwomen Shweta Venkat (Editor) and Sneha Khanwilkar (background music) from last weeks release Gangs of Wasseypur are part of this film.
Word of mouth Supermen of Malegaon will entertain, inspire and move you
Rating - **** (Very Good)
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