KUALA LUMPUR: The “who’s who” of the local entertainment scene attended the gala screening of the controversial movie, Tanda Putera, at GSC Signature, Gardens Mid Valley here Tuesday night.
Among those who attended were the cast members such as the award-winning actor Rusdi Ramli, Zizan Nin, Linda Hashim and Faezah Elai. Also present were Finas director general Raja Rozaimie Dalnish Shah and Attorney-General Tan Sri Gani Patail.
Directed by Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba, the film depicts the events leading up to the May 13, 1969 riots, focusing on Malaysia’s second Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and his deputy Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman. The movie will hit the Malaysian cinemas on Aug 29.The RM4.8mil movie is the work of Pesona Pictures together with National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) and Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC).
The release of the movie came under fire, especially from the Opposition, for its portrayal of the May 13 riots.
Tanda Putera, which carries a PG13 rating, was initially planned to be released on Sept 13 but was postponed to Nov 15.
The movie portrays the special bond of friendship between Razak and Dr Ismail (played by Rusdi Ramli and Zizan Nin respectively) who concealed and set aside their own health concerns to concentrate on the nation’s recovery in the aftermath of the 13th May 1969 tragedy.
Wanting his family to remain strong and unaffected, and concerned for the security of the country, Razak, who has leukemia, kept his medical condition a secret.
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