|Directed by||Dain Said|
|Written by||Huzir Sulaiman|
|Distributed by||Astro Shaw|
Dukun (Malay: shaman) is a 2007 Malaysian horror film. The film is loosely based on the true story of the murder of a Malaysian politician, Datuk Mazlan Idris, by Mona Fandey, a once mildly popular Malaysian singer in 1993. The film was originally slated to be released in December 2006 but as of today there were doubts as to whether the film will ever be released for public screening due to the controversial nature of the film.
Background and film plot
In 1993, Datuk Mazlan Idris, who was also a parliamentary assemblyman at that time, had apparently sought the services of Mona Fandey, her husband Affandi, and another helper Juraimi, to help him boost his political career. Mona and her partners claim to possess supernatural powers as bomohs. The assemblyman had apparently brought a substantial amount of money for this service and ritual.
During their appointment, Mazlan was murdered. His decapitated and dismembered body was found nearby Mona's residence. She and her accomplices were arrested and a highly publicised and sensational trial for Mazlan's murder ensued in 1994. They would eventually be convicted of murder and sentenced to death. They were hanged in 2001 in Kajang Prison. It was believed that Mona Fandey had uttered the words "aku takkan mati" ("I will never die") with her infamous grin just before her execution, the phrase also became the tagline for this film.
The film plot is loosely based on the true events above.
- Umie Aida as Diana Dahlan, the murderer main character based on Mona Fandey.
- Adlin Aman Ramlie as Datuk Jefri, Diana's client and eventual victim
- Faizal Hussein as Karim, Diana's lawyer, who also narrates the film.
The family of Mona Fandey have voiced their dissatisfaction over the content and basis of the movie after announcement of the film release. The producers have since then denied that the film is wholly based on the true events, but that it was merely inspired by those events.
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