KUALA LUMPUR: With its box-office takings standing at RM12mil and counting, Astro Shaw’s OlaBola is one of the top three highest-grossing Malaysian movies of all time.
Last year’s Polis Evo is the current leader with a nett gross of RM17.47mil while 2014’s The Journey is in second place with RM17.17mil. Like OlaBola, which started screening on Jan 28, both are Astro Shaw productions.
OlaBola director Chiu Keng Guan, who also helmed The Journey, said it had always been a challenge to secure the number of screens and hall capacity in this festive season, as many blockbusters opened at this time.
“I am humbled by the positive reception the movie has received in general,” he said.
The cast members are equally chuffed.
“We weren’t out to break any records, but to promote positivity and hopefully all Malaysians got that message!” said Luqman Hafidz, who played striker Ali.
Many fans have been drawn to repeat viewings.
K. Anand, 50, first attended a media screening, but knew he had to return – this time with his wife.
“And I’m going to watch it again, with my old school buddies.
“When I was a child, we enjoyed celebrating a national team, which performed gloriously in the 1970s.
“Even if we didn’t win, we knew we had a great bunch of players who mostly gave it their all.”
Football fan Kok Jun Sern, 34, has seen the movie three times.
“I’ve heard a lot of stories from my dad and uncle about how great our football team was.
“When OlaBola came along, I knew I just had to watch it. And once I had, I saw it again because it just cut to the heart of everything.
“It shows what Malaysia should be, what it once was.”
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