KUALA LUMPUR. The over six decades love story and sacrifices of Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, wife of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, will be made into a biopic called, ‘Hasmah-Bila Deh Bertemu Det’.
To be produced by Tune Production, it will feature Farah Nadia Azinal Abidin better known as Nad as Siti Hasmah while actor Hasnul Rahmat will play the role of Mahathir.
Managing director Hafiz Rozlan said the film will kick off its 65-day filming next March, and include locations in Perak, Kedah, Singapore, Kobe, Japan and New York and is expected to be released by the end of next year.
The film is based on the true story of Siti Hasmah from young to her schooling days and every scene would be filmed without any added twists or turns from actual facts.
“The film is a biopic and love story of Siti Hasmah, the grief, the bittersweet moments and the obstacles she has gone through as the wife of the prime minister,” said Hafiz at the pre-launch ceremony of the film which was officiated by the Communications and Multimedia Deputy Minister, Eddin Syazlee Shith.
Hafiz said he has yet to name the film director as he is still in the process of evaluating the most qualified candidates.
“The writing of the script is now in progress and is expected to be ready by the end of this month. We will check with Siti Hasmah to ensure its authenticity.
“Apart from making Siti Hasmah’s biography as the main reference, we will also ask her to share with us incidents with Dr Mahathir which are not in the book,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nad who has always been dreaming to work on a biopic, could not believe the offer to play a national icon landed in her lap.
“To prepare for this character I have been attending violin classes for over a month and have also watched Siti Hasmah’s interview videos as well as read her biography. I will be meeting her in person soon to get to know her better,” she said.
Eddin Syazlee said the film should not only be viewed in the context of elevating a woman’s sacrifices as the wife of a leader but also as a treasure and legacy to the country.
“If films that revolve around ‘First Ladies’ like ‘Jackie’ (United States), Evita (Argentina) and Habibie and Ainun (Indonesia) can be successfully made, I believe ‘Hasmah Bila Deh Bertemu Det’ will be well-received domestically and internationally too,” he said.