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    ‘Mat Kilau’ is the No 1 Malaysian film of all-time, earning MYR53M in 13 days

    Mumtaj Begum

    ANN/THE STAR – Mat Kilau has been showing for 13 days now, and it’s still going strong. Even on a weekday, the cinema is full. “Thank you, thank you,” Director Syamsul Yusof said in an Instagram video.

    According to Syamsul, the film has earned MYR53 million in 13 days and is now the highest grossing Malaysian film of all-time. “A Malaysian film can go far. It’s just extraordinary,” he added in the video.

    Syamsul has been charting the film’s success via Instagram on daily basis – listing out the new records Mat Kilau: Kebangkitan Pahlawan has been setting since it opened at cinemas nationwide on June 23.

    As stated in previous reports, most of the old records are ones that Syamsul himself set with his 2018 horror flick Munafik 2.

    To recap, Munafik 2 was crowned the No 1 Malaysian film having collected MYR37.7 million at the local box office. Its box office gross for Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore and Indonesia was a total of MYR48 million. His latest film surpassed the Malaysian box office record having collected MYR43.9 million lion – in ticket sales in 12 days, and earned the above-mentioned MYR53 million in box office gross for Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore in 13 days. Mat Kilau – a period film starring Datuk Adi Putra, Beto Kusyairy, Fattah Amin, Yayan Ruhan and Johan As’ari – tells one portion of the life of Malay warrior Mat Kilau, who fought against the British in the late 19th Century.

    The film depicts the moment when Mat Kilau and his father, Tok Gajah, attacked the British military base with 80 other fighters. Despite its present success, Mat Kilau faced a lot of challenges during its production period. Before Syamsul stepped in as the director, another production company and director were approached to helm the historical action drama.

    Once the production did start in 2018, after Syamsul rewrote a big chunk of the original screenplay, it was shut down temporarily after completing 70 per cent of filming due to “internal conflict”.

    When StarLifestyle asked Syamsul what was the biggest challenge in making Mat Kilau, Syamsul said it was the budget.

    Produced by Studio Kembara, the film was reportedly made with MYR8 million, while one earlier report stated it was made with MYR5 million.

    Syamsul Yusof directing Datuk Adi Putra for a scene in ‘Mat Kilau’. PHOTO: SYAMSUL YUSOF/INSTAGRAM
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