Bollywood producer wants to make movie on Dr Mahathir
Raman Kumar says the film will focus on political intrigues and how Mahathir uses his 22-year experience as prime minister to come back to power again on a strong anti-corruption theme.
The movie would feature Malaysian actors and part of the film crew would come from Mumbai. (AFP pic)
KUALA LUMPUR: A Bollywood producer is planning to make a movie on Dr Mahathir Mohamadâs triumphant return to office as Malaysiaâs prime minister, portraying him as a saviour in the campaign against corruption.
Raman Kumar, 73, said the film would focus on the political intrigues and how Mahathir used common sense, wisdom and his 22-year experience as prime minister from 1981 to 2003 to campaign on an anti-corruption platform to helm the nation again.
âI want to direct and produce this movie bec ause Dr Mahathir, at 92, has brought Malaysians together in what proved to be a victorious election for him and his coalition.
âHeâs indeed a marvel of strength, will and tenacity,â he told Bernama.
With the planned title, âMalaysiaâs Saviour Mahathirâ, the movie will be shot in Hindi and dubbed into Malay and English.
Raman, who has produced more than 10 movies, including five in Malaysia, noted that Mahathirâs leadership in forging multiracial bonds got Malaysians to vote for a new government under Pakatan Harapan, which he chairs, after 60 years of independence.
âI want to tell the intense story of the remaking of Malaysia after six decades of trials and tribulations, and the way Malaysians intensely felt the moment the then opposition won the election,â he said.
Mahathir steered PH to the May 9 general election victory, bringing down the mighty Barisan Nasional coalition under his predecessor, Najib Razak, who has since r esigned as BN chairman.
âMalaysia was reborn. May 9 was a new day. Malaysia has been given a new chance,â Raman said of the Mahathir-led PHâs stunning election outing.
âI find Dr Mahathir a colourful character and we want to tell the story as it is.
âIt involves a lot of research and weâve engaged a Malaysian scriptwriter who has a better understanding of Malaysian politics,â said the producer, referring to M Krishnamoorthy, a noted journalist as well as an associate professor.
Raman, who resides in the United Kingdom, Mumbai in India as well as Malaysia, said the movie would feature Malaysian actors and part of the film crew would come from Mumbai.
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