Last week, I was flown over to Kuala Lumpur to attend the press conference of Astro Shaw’s new movie called OlaBola. Judging from the title, it is definitely a football based movie. Let’s be honest, I know nothing about football or at least understand why people play the game but knowing who the director is and seeing the cast of the movie, I was very very excited to be one of the firsts to hear about it.

I also found out that Bront Palarae would be at the conference right after I RSVP-ed and if you don’t know, he is one of my favourite actors and Malaysian heartthrob. Who is Fattah Amin? Bront Palarae is my man!

OlaBola is a movie directed by Chiu Keng Guan and produced by Astro Shaw. Chiu Keng Guan also directed The Journey, which gained an overwhelming response and even won a couple of awards at the Malaysian Film Festival this year. I’ve watched The Journey, it is a very warm and heartfelt movie and I loved it a lot. With that as reference, I have high expectations for OlaBola, now that it was directed by the same person.

This movie tells us a story of a multi-cultural Malaysian football team and the trials and triumphs they had to go through together. Owing to personal financial issues, Tauke, the team leader is forced to leave the team. Faced by a strong possibility of failure at their first tournament, the members rally together, putting aside personal differences to achieve a historic triumph.

With the story being set in the 1970s-1980s, the entire space was decorated in a very nostalgic Malaysian spirit. There were a beautiful spread of 1980s candy. To show the multi-cultural Malaysian spirit, they also made everything super duper cool with this really cute sign at the dining area and nostalgic Malaysian street food stalls by the entrance.

When asked about the possibility of having non-football fans shy away from this movie, they insisted that this movie is not about football. “OlaBola is a Malaysian story. It’s about you, it’s about me, it’s about us. It is a Malaysian story, based on football”, said Henry Tan, COO of Astro.

The movie will include great acts like Best Actor at the ASEAN International Film Festival 2015, Bront Palarae (my heart is swelling) and Frankie Lee, Best Actor at the 27th Malaysian Film Festival (2015). New actors were also recruited for the movie, they are, JC Chee, Luqman Hafidz, Saran Kumar and Marianne Tan. I recognised Marianne Tan from a couple of Youtube videos she’s done with JinnyBoy and I’m really looking forward to seeing her in action.

OlaBola is sponsored by Panasonic and Milo. Milo will host activations in conjunction with the screening of the movie. Astro is also working with Golden Screen Cinemas Sdn Bhd as their theatrical distribution partner and Multimedia Entertainment Sdn Bhd as their DVD distribution partner.

With a great director and a great line-up of actors, I truly have faith in this movie and am very excited to see it in theatres. Speaking of, OlaBola is set for theatrical release in early 2016. However, no specific date has been set yet. In the meantime, you can visit www.olabola.tv or follow Ola Bola on Instagram (@olabola.tv)

Talk again soon,
Hani Lutfi

This post is sponsored by Astro. Some of the photos belong to the official photographers of the event but all words and opinions are of my own. 

This post is a rewrite after this blog got deleted on November 5th, 2015.

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