Rise Ini Kalilah Inspired By A Historical Event!

Rise is a 100-minute feature film inspired by Malaysians from all walks of life and from around the world, coming together to vote for change for a new Malaysia.  A monumental moment after 61 years of independence, created in time for a history-making breakthrough as this.

Story Synopsis

A student living in London races against time to deliver crucial postal votes; a businessman is imprisoned by the politics of fear; a reporter eager to report the truth; a policeman trapped between doing what’s right and doing what’s best for his family; a forbidden inter-racial love story between an aimless hawker in Singapore and a polling agent (PACA) in Malaysia.  At 4:58 pm on the 9th May 2018, all six characters will meet.  As a new dawn breaks, their lives will be the reflection and testament to the choices they have made.

Following the lives of everyday people, coming together for one common love – Malaysia with six inter-related tales set during the frantic days leading up to the nation’s most important election ever.  Each story that unfolds shows what it means to be a true Malaysian – respect, hope, standing up for yourself, fighting for your rights, redemption, and building the future.


This is WebTVAsia’s first feature film original production and in collaboration with production outfits Prodigee Film and Filmmaker Studio.  It brings together a trio of visionary, critically-acclaimed directors: Saw Teong Hin “Puteri Gunung Ledang”, Nik Amir Mustapha “Terbaik Dari Langit” and Prem Nath “Vere Vazhi Ille” to embark on a highly challenging production with the shortest turnaround time possible of only 3 months.

Added to the three directors is an all-star, multi-racial ensemble cast of Remy Ishak “Pulang, Nur Kasih”, Mira Filzah “Fastest Rising Star commanding over 3 mil followers online”, Sangeeta Krishnasamy “FFM 2017 Best Actress for Adiwiraku”, Jack Tan “Shanghai International Film Festival 2017 Asian New Talent - Best Actor for Shuttle”, Shashi Tharan “Veteran Tamil Star”, and Jenn Chia “Multi-Talented Digital Star”.

Rise is slated to be the Malaysia Day theatrical release that aims to celebrate ordinary Malaysians achieving the extraordinary through 6 individual stories crossing path on the fateful day of May 9th, after twists and turns, culminating with a grand finale.

Executive Producer Fred Chong said, “This film is a tribute to our Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed and his leadership team for achieving the seemingly impossible mission of giving new hope to the nation.”

Director Saw Teong Hin remarked, “This is by far the most challenging project I have ever been involved, but also the most satisfying to see an all-Malaysian team working hand-in-hand together.”

Fellow director Nik Amir Mustapha concurred, “The story of overseas Malaysians fighting against all odds to deliver the ballots home really pumped me up. It made our London shoot with Mira Filzah even more memorable.”

M. S. Prem Nath, who directed the remaining third, said, “It is my first time directing a truly multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-lingual film. This is truly Malaysian to the core.”

Male lead Remy Ishak gave a perspective of, “Even though I played a rather stand alone role apart from the other cast, I could feel the camaraderie of working closely together, where all directors were able to piece together seamless story-telling that is going to wow the audience.”

Co-lead Mira Filzah was equally delighted to share, “This is really my big silver screen debut with WebTVAsia, though I completed another film earlier. But this is special to me, because it’s my first official release on cinema.”

Jack Tan, who was cast in a homecoming role, believed in the right timing, “During FFM 2017 I shared the stage with Sangeeta but little did I know we would be sharing actual acting scenes together so soon!”

His co-star Sangeeta shared similar sentiments, “This is a story that I feel very strongly about, and the Tamil script in this film is really so well written, which really helps me playing the role. Definitely my most emotional performance so far.”

The full cast is finely complemented with special appearances by the who’s who of the filmed entertainment industry: Dato’ Jalaludin Hassan, Yana Samsudin, Tony Eusoff, Sweet Qismina, Pushpa Narayan, Remon Lim, Moon Yoong, Frederick Lee, Sharifah Sakinah, Mark O’Dea, Mustaqim Bahadon, Thangamani, David Anthony, Azman Hassan, Steve Yap and Hao Ren.

Music scoring and theme songs promise to be equally impressive with accomplished music directors Cheng Lee, Mac Chew and Audi Mok helming the theme song arrangement. Datuk Sheila Majid completes the line up with her rendition of “Sejahtera” for the movie soundtrack.

The producers plan to release the film nationwide to country-loving Malaysians on all
major cinemas on 13 September 2018!

For more information: 

Official Website:   www.riseinikalilah.com 

Facebook: @riseinikalilah 

Instagram: #riseinikalilah

Watch the trailer here: 

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