Malaysian director and screenwriter Mamat Khalid broke new ground with ‘18 Puasa at Kampong Pisang’, with the film raking in a total of RM1 million within just three days of its release. Khalid expresses his gratefulness for the positive response that his comedy film has garnered, adding that the positive message resonates with audiences.
“Alhamdulillah, this film received encouraging response from viewers. I hope that while providing entertainment, this film also keeps us on the straight path by teaching and reminding us of the good and bad implications of our behaviour,”
Nusantara vice president Raja Jastina Raja Arshad applauded the movie’s strengths.
“We are sure many are looking forward to this film. When Barkoba’s character went viral on social media, it just goes to show that it’s a solid character that resonated with the audience during Ramadan month.”
The film tells the story of a group of villagers who commit misdeeds during the holy month of Ramadan. Barkoba, the main character played by local actor Bell Ngasri, is enjoying a meal during the day when he is visited by a demon who takes him back to the past to show him the wrongful acts he had done throughout his life.
The character is awarded the nickname ‘black plastic bag gang’ which refers to opaque black plastic bags that keep packed meals hidden from sight bought by Muslim customers during Ramadan. ‘18 Puasa Di Kampong Pisang’ began screening in the comforts of the audience’s home on April 15.
You can catch the trailer below!
*Cover image via Astro Shaw