25 Apr – Director Tunku Mona Riza has recently voiced her disappointment with the poor reception of her directorial debut, "Redha".
The movie has only managed to collect RM150,000 after four days of showing in cinemas.
"Some say to me, maybe because the movie was released in the middle of the month, so people are calculative in spending their money. I am not sure whether that is indeed a factor," said the director to Sinar Harian.
Tunku Mona also expressed her worry of audiences who are not ready or unwilling to learn about autism, and on whether it is too heavy a subject to be watched.
However, the director said that "Redha" is a liberal light-hearted movie about the tale of family, friendship and love.
Tunku Mona added that she still harbours hope for the movie.
In the meantime, her disappointment is somewhat softened by the responses and praises from audiences and medical practitioners alike, who commented that the movie is an easy reference for the society to learn more about autism.
"Redha" tells the story of a husband and wife, whose life turns upside down in facing the difficulties of raising their autistic son, Danial.
The movie, with a budget of RM3.5 million, stars the likes of Namron, June Lojong, Nadiya Nisaa, Remy Ishak, Harith Haziq, Izzy Reef, Susan Lankester and Ruminah Sidek.