Anwar: The Untold Story biopic Film Makes RM1 million On The First Day Of Screening
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Anwar: The Untold Story, a biopic film portraying the ups and downs of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s struggle, has made history.
The movie collected RM1 million on its first screening day in Malaysia.
The film, which runs for 108 minutes, covers the period from 1993 to 1998 when Anwar held the positions of Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister.
The film was screened in 120 cinemas across Malaysia and competed with international films such as Fast X.
DMY Creation, the official distributor of the film, confirmed that the film received an overwhelming response from the public, and most cinemas across the country were fully booked on the first day.
Filem Anwar: The Untold Story dah cecah kutipan RM1 juta !!!!— Tok Perak (@TokPerak8) May 19, 2023
Baru hari pertama, luarbiasahttps://t.co/OnxNssQEJk
A Groundbreaking Success
Datuk Mohamed Yusoff, the chairman of DMY Creation, said Anwar: The Untold Story paves the way for filmmakers to produce biopic films about other living national figures.
Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, the film’s executive producer and original story writer, expressed his gratitude for the remarkable reception.
He stated that according to surveys, audiences did not miss the opportunity to watch this film and filled several selected cinemas around Klang Valley, such as Atria, MBO, Paradigm Mall, One Utama, and KLCC.
He also hoped that the public’s response to Anwar: The Untold Story would continue as they aimed for a high collection for the film.
Zunar, as he is popularly known, also said that Anwar: The Untold Story created history by being the film with the earliest bookings by cinema operators.
For instance, cinemas in MidValley and Penang were already fully booked and reserved in advance for the film’s screening.
The film, shot in Malaysia and Indonesia, stars Farid Kamil as Anwar and Indonesian actress Acha Septriasa as Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, the main protagonist.
The film was directed by Indonesian director Viva Westi and featured Hasnul Rahmat, Firdaus Karim, Saskia Chadwick, Piet Pagau, and Dewi Irawan.
Anwar: The Untold Story depicts Anwar’s struggle and sacrifice against corrupt practices with the support of his wife.
What Happened In 1988
The film has become popular due to its rarity in Malaysia as it reveals the truth and what happened in 1988.
Despite its success, the film also has its fair share of critics.
Some felt that the editing was not smooth, and there were abrupt jumps between scenes, making it seem like the movie was edited on Capcut or some other software.
For context, CapCut is a video editing app developed by ByteDance, the company that created TikTok.
Some thought the script was poorly written, almost like a kid wrote it.
However, most people still think it’s a good movie and recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about Anwar, as it is an awakening experience.
– Cringey, bad dialogues— neddo khan (@neddokhan) May 19, 2023
– Actors were in DIRE NEED of a dialect coach
– Good moments wasted by choppy editing and lazy directing
– Everyone in the cinema groaned at Nurul Izzah
– Farid as Anwar Ibrahim was meh at best
– Acha as Wan Azizah carried the movie#AnwarTheUntoldStory pic.twitter.com/Sin8bkCXbe
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