PETALING JAYA • Back in 2006 when Malaysian actress Umie Aida was capturing film Dukun, she lived with a snake for 2 months to check its actions and incorporate them as a part of her shaman character’s persona.
“For two months, I did everything with it,” she recalled. “There were even times when I went to sleep and the snake would be on my bed.”
Umie, 45, stated she needed to overcome her worry of snakes for the larger explanation for her craft, reported Malaysian newspaper The Star.
But her dedication has paid off, with the horror thriller incomes RM6.2 million (S$2.1 million) on the field workplace inside simply 4 days of its release in Malaysia and Brunei.
Directed by Dain Said, the plot revolves round a seductive shaman who is investigated for the loss of life of a businessman after a ritual she carried out went awry.
The movie is believed to be loosely primarily based on real-life singer-turned-witch physician Mona Fandey who was found responsible of the homicide of a Malaysian state politician in 1993.
She was executed in 2001.
The box-office success has benefited from the lengthy await Dukun to be screened after it was accomplished 12 years in the past.
Talk had it that its graphic nature and macabre storyline – with parts of violence and superstition – had upset sure events, leading to manufacturing company Astro Shaw shelving it.
On April 2, nonetheless, it introduced an April 5 release date.
Prior to the announcement, a brief clip depicting a ghostly determine of a lady wearing a pink kebaya strolling alone at night time had gone viral on social media.
It was later revealed to be a promotional gimmick for the movie.