by Rajwin Paul Singh
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A film about the rise and fall of Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s political career is expected to open in cinemas nationwide in May, Bernama reported. “Anwar, The Untold Story” charts the period in Anwar’s life when he was appointed as finance minister in 1991 until the point when he was fired from the Cabinet in 1998.

“The story in this film is based on Anwar’s version, a version that is rarely heard by Malaysians, for example, the story of his complete investigation report when he was locked up,” the film’s executive producer Zukiflee Anwar Haque, or better known as Zunar, said.

The film is directed by Indonesia’s Viva Westi and stars local actors Farid Kamil Zahari in the lead role as Anwar and Hasnul Rahmat as former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Indonesian actor Acha Septriasa plays Anwar’s wife, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

“Actually, I have been recording Anwar’s struggles since the reformasi movement, and I did have the desire to turn it into a film, but it was only realised after I got in touch with Viva in August 2021.

“Whether Anwar becomes Prime Minister or not was something that did not arise (when we were producing the movie). We believed that the message was good and should be conveyed to the public and used as historical documentation.

“However, you could say that we were lucky because as soon as the film was completed, the political scenario changed and it is a bonus for us that we can finally screen the movie in cinemas soon,” he said.

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