Almost two years ago, Open Magazine published a list of what it considered the 50 Most Creative Indians. Sitting at Number 24 were the Filmmakers of Malegaon, a city in Maharashtra. Here's what Open Magazine had to say about them:
24. FILMMAKERS OF MALEGAON
Some 300 km separate Bollywood from the nondescript town of Malegaon, where a bunch of filmmakers with micro budgets make spoofs of blockbusters. Sample Malegaon ke Sholay. Sheikh Nasir Khan, the man behind it all, has now gone global with Malegaon ka Superman.
And it's not only Malegaon ke Sholay and Malegaon Ka Superman. That's just the tip of an iceberg that includes Malegaon Ki Shaan, Malegaon Ki Darr, Malegaon Ki Karan Arjun, Malegaon Ki Don, and Malegaon Ka Ghajni, all of which I would give my eye teeth to see.
However -- these films also gave rise to a TV series in India, Malegaon Ka Chintu, and SABTV has, happily, uploaded the episodes to their YouTube channel.
The program features Chintu (actor Shafique Shaikh, who sadly died of cancer last fall), described as "a lively young man who lives in Malegaon and loves only three things in life; his coat, bicycle and Pinky, the most beautiful girl in town. He is full of life with a heart of gold. He is very emotional and cannot see anyone in trouble."
To be honest? Chintu reminds me a lot of Mr. Bean. Admittedly, the series is silly and slap-sticky, but you know what? Sometimes that's just what you need to freshen your outlook on things.
Here, have a taste of Malegaon Ka Chintu:
Now, if that doesn't get your Monday off to a good start, then nothing will, eh?
This week sees the opening in India of the award-winning documentary from director Faiza Ahmed Khan, The Supermen of Malegaon (which I'm hoping to review here on the blog in the next couple of days), about the making of Malegaon Ka Superman. In the meantime, I'm making do with the irrepressible Chintu.