Tickets to Mawi's first film, Tiada Tajuk, will go for just RM1 at selected cinemas. But there’s a catch.
“I’ll make it a surprise. I’ll just go to a cinema unannounced and buy up the tickets in full price, then sell it back for RM1,” Mawi says during a press event promoting Tiada Tajuk.
“It’ll be on a first come, first serve basis. I’ll open it up to, perhaps, the first 100 moviegoers.”
The singer-turned-director says he first thought of the idea when he was making the film, and felt it would be a good way to help people as well as promote the film at the same time.
Tiada Tajuk centres on the journey of three aspiring musicians from a small town – played by Hazama, Joey Daud and Along Cham – who travel to Kuala Lumpur to pursue their music dreams. While the three friends are more inclined to genres like rock and punk, a chance encounter leads them to form a nasyid band instead.
Not long after, fame and fortune follow, but as with the life of an artiste, so do controversies. The film, which combines religion and comedy, also examines the ups and downs of celebrity life.
Mawi, who also stars in Tiada Tajuk, shares some parts of the film were inspired by his own life.
“There’s a scene in the film where the band returns to their hometown and they’re swarmed by fans. That happened to me. People were pulling at my shirt and even grabbed the hat I was wearing,” says the Kulai, Johor-native.
Back in 2005, Asmawi Ani, or better known as Mawi, became a nationwide phenomenon when he competed in the third season of local reality talent series Akademi Fantasia. The singer garnered such overwhelming love and support in the voting-driven competition, it was no surprise when he won.
The 37-year-old is married to Nora Asyikin Rahmat (Ekin) and they have a seven-year-old daughter. Mawi talked about making the film with his wife, who is on board as the film’s producer: “When I first went to her with the idea of the film, she wasn’t sure, she didn’t want a syok sendiri (self-indulgent) project. So I convinced her bit by bit.
“During the two years it took to write the script, I showed her what each scene would be like. And I took notice of whether she would laugh. And she did. So after a while, she agreed.”
The director also shares about the laborious process that went into making Tiada Tajuk.
“When we edited the film, initially, it was about three and a half hours long. I was trying to cut it down to an hour and a half. It took a year before we actually finalised the film.
“I think there were times where I slept about two hours a day.”