One other movie that focuses on Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will go into manufacturing subsequent month.
Titled Mahathir: The Journey, it’s mentioned to depict the 16 years from the time Dr Mahathir opted to retire from his put up as Malaysia’s prime minister to when he took the identical put up once more after final 12 months’s election.
This movie announcement comes after the discharge of the documentary M For Mahathir, out in September, and Hasmah, a biopic on Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, which is in preproduction stage.
In his speech throughout The Journey launch, co-director Mohamad Hatta Azad Khan mentioned: “The movie will showcase features about Dr Mahathir’s private life that many might not be conscious of and likewise the (identified) reality that he’s a effectively revered and outspoken chief.”
Hatta added that The Journey is just not a political movie, though it would spotlight essential political occasions in Malaysia. He described it as a biopic of Dr Mahathir’s life after workplace – each as a household man, in addition to somebody who’s nonetheless within the political panorama of the nation that he takes a stand in critiquing the present leaders.
Hatta acknowledged: “For the previous seven months, we’ve got been doing the pre-production work, and creating the script. It had gone by means of 12 rewrites.
“We lastly obtained 100% approval from the PM workplace.”
The director talked about that whereas the occasions within the movies are primarily based on actual happenings, he’ll train some type of artistic license for dramatic functions of storytelling.
“We plan to launch Mahathir: The Journey in July subsequent 12 months, nearer to Dr Mahathir’s 95th birthday, ” continued Hatta, estimating the movie’s finances to be at RM6mil.
Helmed by Hatta and Chan Wai Cheong, the movie is ready to star Azhar Amir as Dr Mahathir, Fauziah Latiff as Dr Siti Hasmah, Ning Baizura as Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, Hilal Azman as Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Dian P. Ramlee as Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Lisdawati as Nurul Izzah.
All of the chosen actors had been referred to as in for an audition earlier than ultimate determination was reached. Hatta believes that the ultimate forged members will solely give their greatest, one thing that was echoed by the actors as effectively.
Primary actor Azhar, 47, who obtained into the appearing scene simply 5 years in the past – The Journey is his first lead position on the massive display screen – admitted he was nervous when he came upon he really obtained the position after the audition.
“I’m nervous now, speaking about enjoying this nice man,” he mentioned. “There isn’t a one like him. That is the particular person behind issues like KLCC, Putrajaya, KLIA and the Penang bridge, to call a couple of.
“I hope to get an opportunity to satisfy him sooner or later, simply to shake his hand and get his blessing about me portraying him on this movie.”
Based on Azhar, the toughest factor about enjoying Dr Mahathir is bringing to life the best way he speaks and all his small gestures.
“Dr Mahathir is sarcastic and he’s direct, and he does each of this with a straight face and in a monotonous tone, that’s very exhausting to get. I’m certain folks will attempt to discover discrepancies in my efficiency of him. And that power he exudes… it’s very difficult. However I’ll give it my greatest.”
As for Fauziah, higher identified for being a singer, The Journey marks her first big-screen position; she has accomplished theatre and TV drama, however by no means a movie.
“I used to be referred to as in to audition for the position, and some weeks later – after dialogue (with the director) I used to be instructed I obtained the position.
“I’m proud to be enjoying Dr Siti Hasmah, she is a tremendous girl, a extremely sturdy girl, somebody who helps her husband unconditionally. Her personal achievements are nothing in need of nice. She is an inspiration, a nationwide treasure, actually.”
Fauziah, who will flip 49 subsequent month, shared: “To be her is troublesome, my method to enjoying her is to really feel who she is.”
One of many methods she is doing that is by means of Dr Siti Hasmah’s love for music, which is one thing Fauziah can simply relate to as effectively.
“I’ve seen of her movies watching music performances, and when the digicam pans to her, we are able to see her honest feelings.
“My impression of her can also be as somebody who takes nice care of her well being and her food regimen, that are one thing I’m involved with too, ” mentioned Fauziah.
As for the truth that The Journey and Hasmah are in manufacturing nearly on the similar time, Azhar and Fauziah haven’t any qualms about it.
“We shouldn’t be evaluating these movies however take them extra as a reference to Malaysia’s icons and their tales, ” mentioned Fauziah.
The Journey additionally sees the return of singer Ning as an actress (her final movie was the 2011’s Cun!). To make sure she resembles Marina, Ning is prepared to alter her look, in addition to pay particular consideration to how Marina speaks and the topic issues she is enthusiastic about.
She mentioned: “I’ve her quantity. I’m planning on getting in contact together with her, both to satisfy together with her or speak to her, to get to know her. I need to do a great job of portraying her.”
Based on Ning, Marina has attended a few her performances, so, the singer hopes this might work to her benefit.
One one who doesn’t must put a lot effort in altering how she seems for the movie is Lisdawati, who’s portraying Nurul Izzah. “I’ve been mistaken for Nurul in public earlier than. I simply want to alter the best way I tie my hijab to appear to be her, ” mentioned the actress.
Different forged members in The Journey embrace Izzat Mustaq (Syed Saddiq), Afieq Hussain (Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir) and Muhammad Harminder Singh (Gobind Singh Deo)
Filming commences Dec 15, with places together with Kuala Lumpur, Kelantan, Langkawi, Alor Setar, Penang and Hiroshima, Japan.
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