Cinematic Goals
Lavonne Cheah | 09 Feb 2018 00:30
Ola Bola appealed to all Malaysians

Established in 1996, Astro Shaw produces movies in the Malay, Chinese and Indian languages for the local and international markets. Over the years, the production company has won more than 120 awards at various film festivals, including three Best Film prizes at the Malaysia Film Festival for KL Menjerit (2002), Kala Malam Bulan Mengambang (2008) and Papadom (2009).

Apart from acclaim, some of them were bona fide hits at the box-office, most notably The Journey (RM17 mil), Ola Bola (RM15 mil) and Maindhan, which made nearly RM1 mil, impressive for a local Tamil film. Both The Journey and Ola Bola were directed by Chiu Keng Guan, who also has a new release by Astro Shaw this month (see story on page 11).

Success, however, is more than monetary gains to Astro Shaw. “You can look at success in terms of box office performance or critical recognition. We’ve been very fortunate to have had both,” says Najwa Abu Bakar, head of Astro Shaw.