10 Sep '11, 6am

Tobacco addiction kills Indian 'Superman' at 25

Tobacco addiction kills Indian 'Superman' at 25

In this file photograph taken on May 30, 2005, an Indian man prepares chewing tobacco, ghutka. -- PHOTO: AFP MUMBAI (AFP) - Shafique Sheikh was not a big name in the Indian film industry and few would have heard of him outside Malegaon, his home town in the western state of Maharashtra. But with cruel irony his death at the age of 25 this week from tongue cancer - an apparent result of a heavy chewing tobacco habit since childhood - just a week after the premiere of his new film, has brought him posthumous fame. In 'Ye Hai Malegaon Ka Superman' (This is Malegaon Superman), Sheikh plays a spoof version of the superhero, fighting an evil 'gutkha king' who wants to flood the town with the highly addictive chewing tobacco. 'In the movie he's fighting against smokeless tobacco as Superman but in real life he himself has succumbed to the habit,' his doctor Pankaj Chaturvedi, a h...

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