Enough of films about dad, says Marina Mahathir

A new movie on Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been criticised by his daughter Marina.

PETALING JAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s eldest child Marina is not supportive of another movie on the prime minister, saying there are “too many” films about her father, as a local producer announced a new movie on the veteran leader’s life.

Marina distanced the family from “Mahathir: The Journey”, a biopic about the 94-year-old prime minister scheduled for release next July.

On Twitter yesterday, Marina reacted to the announcement by saying the movie had “no endorsement by any of us for this”.

In another tweet, she said her family would prefer it if no one made any movies, biopics musicals and such about her family.

“It’s just embarrassing. But if you have to, please don’t make us watch them,” she said.

The film’s makers had sought the prime minister’s permission to make the film and while the Prime Minister’s Office had said it had no issues with it, Marina said her family did not encourage such films.

“We do not encourage films like this, there are already three,” she said in a text to FMT.

Aside from “Mahathir: The Journey”, two other movies on Mahathir which have been made are “Hasmah – Bila Deh Bertemu Det” and a Hindi film titled “Malaysia’s Savior Mahathir”.

“Mahathir: The Journey” is directed by Mohamad Hatta Azad Khan who said that Mahathir’s aide, Sufi Yusof personally checked the dialogue and scenes to make sure there were no inaccuracies.

Shooting for the movie will begin in December and is expected to span two months at locations that will include Kuala Lumpur, Kelantan, Langkawi, Alor Setar, Penang and Japan.