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  • Supermen of Malegaon

    2008. India/Japan/South Korea/Singapore. Faiza Ahmad Khan. 52 min.

Thursday, June 18, 2009, 4:00 p.m.

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  • Supermen of Malegaon

    2008. India/Japan/South Korea/Singapore. Directed by Faiza Ahmad Khan. Khan’s irrepressibly charming documentary gives new meaning to “indie” filmmaking. In a largely Muslim textile community not far from the Bollywood capital of Mumbai, part-time wedding videographer Shaikh Nasir enlists friends and neighbors to make an action-packed movie of his own. Despite the often hilarious mishaps and conceits—the pencil-thin actor playing Superman is nearly snapped in two during one of the fight sequences—their passion and ingenuity become a testament to the magic of cinema. As Khan observes, "Working at a loom is an underpaying job involving serious health risks...They work six days a week for about ten hours a day and they're on their feet the whole while. So on a Friday, which is a holiday, they go to a movie to forget the drudgery of their lives. For those three hours, they are Shahrukh Khan running through mustard fields or Abhishek Bachchan chasing a beautiful woman around trees." New York premiere. In Urdu, Hindi; English subtitles. 52 min.

In the Film exhibition The New India

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