'Superman of Malegaon' is a documentary that captures a motley bunch of cinema fanatics in Malegaon, Maharashtra who remake Bollywood and Hollywood films on miniscule budgets, which they shoot and star in, and screen for their local audience in Malegaon.
The film was made over seven months. It picked up its first award in Rome, at the Asiatica Film Mediale.
The film was crafted by an immensely talented group of people, some of whom are rising stars in the industry in their own right.
Subsequently it has been screened at over thirty prestigious international film festivals including Silverdocs and Full Frame Documentary Festivals in the US, the Karlovy Vary in Czech Republic and IFFI in India, and has won 15 awards for its crew.
Most of the population of Malegaon is crazy about cinema. With a crippled economy and twelve-hour power-cuts every day, films have become the principal way to pass the time.
The idea was to record this astonishing journey from a dream to a finished film, it is also a record of the people trying to make the film, and of Malegaon itself, and their hopes and their fears, and the charm and grace with which they live their lives.
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.
After successful screenings at myriad festivals across the globe, 'Superman of Malegaon' is slated for its theatrical release in India on June 29, 2012.
Sneha Khanwalkar and Hitesh Sonik, who scored the music for the film, have projects like 'Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye', 'Gangs of Wasseypur', 'Kaminey' and 'Omkara' to their credits.
Malegaon, a small town tucked away near the heartland of India, 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.
The film is at times funny, tragic, contemplative.
It is 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.