(Photo courtesy of Kallang Roar The Movie Official Website)
I am usually not that excited about watching local-made movies, simply cos not many of our Malay actors / actresses get the opportunity to do so on a national level. And whoever is a regular reader of this blog knows, I have never made any movie reviews before. I am most likely NOT gonna do one on this, but I am compelled to help promote this movie as I feel it has a Singaporean touch to it, thrown in with a mix of nostalgia. And tomorrow being our country’s 43rd birthday, the timing to screen this movie couldn’t be more right to stretch our annual nationalistic fervour right through the end of August (which usually ends when the last fireworks explode for most people, me included).
Some of you might have heard of this movie which is about to be released in a fortnight’s time or even saw the trailers if you’re watching movies at Shaw cinemas, or even from various YouTube clips. Heck it even has a Facebook group!!! So why am I suddenly interested to promote this movie you might ask??? Do I get paid for promoting??? Do I get free passes / special privileges to watch the show and receive movie premiums???
The standard answer to all those questions is a resounding “NO!!!“. From the vague idea and the short clips that I watched all these while, the movie brings us all back in time to the 70s when Singapore was a football powerhouse in the Malaysia Cup days. That was the time when football greats like Quah Kim Song, S. Rajagopal, Mohd Noh, Samad Allapitchay and my uncle Dollah Kassim, graced the lush fields of the National Stadium and brought in crowds of 65,000 to watch them beat our northern neighbour states.
It was unfortunate that when I was old enough to understand the game, my uncle had already hung up his boots and whatever opportunity I have to watch him play were just limited to the odd charity game or friendly here and there. And after hearing a lot of good things about the team that graced the National Stadium back in the 70s, I am drawn to watch this movie when it hit our cinemas in a fortnight. Yes, we will not get to see the real McCoys in action, but what will be depicted will be something similar to that. From the photographs of the movie that I have managed to see, the actors playing the roles of the main players actually have some resemblance to the actual players themselves.
Another reason why I want to watch and promote this movie is cos my cousin Ezaad, who is the son of my uncle Dollah, is also a part of the supporting cast. He will be playing the role of Nasir Jalil, also known as “The Crazy Horse“, and no, that nickname has got nothing to do with any penchant of watching that renowned burlesque cabaret that used to grace Clarke Quay not too long ago. Not only that, I have two ex-poly mates in Anwar Hadi and Hazriq Idrus playing the roles of my uncle Dollah and Hussein Aljunied respectively. Look out too for Suria‘s Nurul Aini as Rahimah Rahim and Rafaat Hamzah acting as the late Mokhtar Dahari.
From what I’ve seen so far, Anwar‘s striking resemblance to my uncle made my hair stand, cos my uncle was really thin and stick-like in his heydays with that afro-style hair being the craze back then. This is definitely his biggest break yet, for those who are not into theatre and stuff, you won’t understand the immense talent this guy has till you’ve watched the movie.
My cousin Ezaad has been doing a bit of countdown himself via his wife’s blog, with daily write-ups on the movie and giving interesting facts and trivias, which you guys might like to have a read. That should boost their visitorship for awhile. Other than all the facts that I have mentioned, you just have got to watch the movie simply because it is a locally-produced movie made specially for us, a birthday gift to the nation as we celebrate 43 years of independence and living together harmoniously regardless of race, language and religion…
Happy 43rd Birthday Singapore and to you my fellow Singaporeans…