I was one of the lucky ones who were invited to the special media and VIP screening of the much-awaited 'Anwar, The Untold Story’ at the Dadi Cinema Pavilion KL yesterday…
The movie tells the story of our Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's political exploits, was also attended by the Prime Minister himself…
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he was emotionally overwhelmed after watching his own biopic ‘Anwar, The Untold Story’ during a special media and VIP screening event at the Dadi Cinema Pavillion KL
The Prime Minister relived memories of his struggle to fight injustice and corruption through the one-hour 30 minutes film directed by Indonesia’s Viva Westi who also attended the special screening event.
Anwar who held a press conference with the local and international media after watching the film said it was overwhelming to look back at a crucial part of his life but credited the actors and director for keeping it real.
“This is a story that must be told, the battle against corruption continues. Now that I am prime minister, I want to save this country and fight corruption and fight them hard," he said to a round of applause.
The film set between 1993 and 1998 revealed Anwar’s time as Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister and highlighted his struggle to consistently and decisively oppose corrupt practices but ended up in prison.
The film, directed by Indonesia's Viva Westi, stars local Malaysian actor Farid Kamil Zahari in the lead role as Anwar Ibrahim. Famed Indonesian actress Acha Septriasa plays the role of Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
In addition to Malaysia, the biopic was also filmed in Indonesia at a cost of RM10 million.
Set between 1993 and 1998, the core of the biopic will reveal Anwar's time as Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister.
The event was organised by DMY Creation, the established company which is the official distributor for ‘Anwar, The Untold Story' and which is co-distributed by Yusrych Global - Mr. Yusry Makmor, helmed by the film's executive producer Zukiflee Anwar Haque or better known as Zunar.
DMY Creation's founder and chairman Datuk Mohamed Yusoff encouraged all Malaysians to watch the film to know the struggles the prime minister had faced and to witness a glimpse of his journey which is one of the most remarkable political turnarounds in modern Southeast Asian history.
"We hope everyone especially youths will support and watch this film to know the real struggle of our prime minister. The film shows the importance of eradicating corruption in the country," he said.
Anwar watched the film with his close family members along with the company of VIPs including those from the entertainment industry, political figures and celebrities.
A total of 1,870 guests including 500 local and international press members watched the film in 13 specially dedicated halls.
DMY Creation is well known for distributing major international and local films and organizing major live entertainment shows.
Among those who were present at the high profile event was none other than Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail; Malaysia's songbird Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza; Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil; musician, actor, and artist Datuk M Nasir; veteran actress and producer Fauziah Ahmad Daud; DMY Creation's founder and chairman Datuk Mohamed Yusoff; prolific lyricist and scriptwriter Habsah Hassan; local film producer Datuk Yusof Haslam and popular filmmaker Datuk David Teo among others…. I saw Hans Isaac and Norman KRU too….
Also at the event was the executive chairman of Kuala Lumpur Pavilion Sdn Bhd Puan Sri Cindy Lim; and Yusrych Global Managing Director Yusry Makmor…
Siti Nurhaliza was revealed to be the voice for the Original Sound Track (OST for the biopic.
The song, "Menjaga Cintamu" that is composed by Andi Rianto and written by Sekar Ayu Asmara.
The special screening event started with guest arrivals at 7pm followed by Prime Minister Anwar's arrival at 8.30pm. The film began at 9pm followed by a press conference with local and international media at 11pm.
The movie is definitely sad, and make me understand our Prime Minister better….
The public screening of 'Anwar, The Untold Story' will be shown in all major cinemas from May 18
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