Tanda Putera is set to be a 'blockbuster' hit. (Graphics by Dayang Norazhar/The Mole)
The film Tanda Putera that had been scheduled for release on Nov 15 is said will be able to touch the hearts of most Malaysians.
Blogger Tupai review of the film that he believes will be a blockbuster wrote:
“Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba's film is about to bring a renewal to those who appreciate and enjoy historical films as it narrates and depicts the brittle May 13 1969 racial riot.’’
The blogger stated that although the film was classified as a documentary, its directors described the film as fiction for its elements of drama, suspense and action.
The film revolves around the country’s second Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and his deputy Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman efforts to restore peace in the country while battling their own personal serious health problems.
Tanda Putera was scheduled for screening in September but was delayed by National Film Development Corporation (FINAS) as it clashes with other events such as the Merdeka Day and Hari Raya.
The film was also approved for screening by the Malaysian Censorship Board (LPF) with a PG 13 certificate
Opposition parties however, had criticised the movie for stoking racial issues.
Pas secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali said there should be a private screening of the film for Pakatan Rakyat leaders to examine and evaluate whether the movie is suitable for public viewing.
Blogger BigDog had wrote that young Malaysians who have seen the sneak preview of the movie welcomed the refreshing attempt of telling Malaysia’s modern history, with regards to these two great and examplary selfless leaders.