#Showbiz: Epic film 'Mat Kilau' to premier after 15 years

KUALA LUMPUR: Various challenges were faced by the production team to finally realise the biographical film 'Mat Kilau'.

It took the team 15 years to do so, from its commencement date to its opening in the cinemas, slated for June 23.

The film, based on the Malay warrior Mat Kilau was first announced in 2007, but the early stage of filming only took off in 2014.

Among the problems faced during filming include the change in its director, which in 2017 saw award-winning film director Syamsul Yusof taking the responsibility.

"God-willing, Mat Kilau will be screened simultaneously at 90 cinemas nationwide next month," he said in an Instagram post recently.

The film, which costs its producer Shahruddin Dali of Studio Kembara a total of RM8 million, was filmed for 100 days in Perak, Pahang, Melaka and Selangor.

While inspired by the historical figure, the storyline is loosely interpreted, with turn of events not entirely taken from what had happened in the real life of Mat Kilau.

Datuk Adi Putra plays the titular role, while others in the line up include Wan Hanafi Su, Beto Kusyairy, Khir Rahman, Fattah Amin and Johan As'ari.

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