PETALING JAYA - Production on the Dollah Superstar film might have been delayed for nine months due to lead actor Awie's schedule but for its director Kabir Bhatia, it was well worth the wait.
Kabir, who is best known for his work in the film and television series Nur Kasih, said although the rock star turned actor had signed up for the role at the end of 2012, production only began in September last year.
"I had him in mind from the very beginning. Sometimes, you must wait for the right actor to carry the role," said the director at a press conference here yesterday.
Kabir said although he had never worked with Awie prior to this project, he had seen and was impressed with his work.
Awie said the delay had been due to his involvement in other film and theatre productions at that time.
Dollah Superstar tells the tale of a veteran gangster - portrayed by Awie - with a dream of becoming an actor and gets the chance one day when a famous film star asks him to become his mentor for an action flick.
Awie said he was able to relate to his role. "When you have a dream, you must go for it. That's something I've been telling myself for a long time, too."
The movie also features popular stars Sharnaaz Ahmad, Fizz Fairuz, Neelofa and Lan Pet Pet with guest appearances by Datin Paduka Umie Aida and Bront Palarae.
The RM1.5mil action-comedy flick is jointly-produced by Juita Viden Sdn Bhd and Filmscape Sdn Bhd, and distributed by Alternate Pictures Sdn Bhd.
The film opens in cinemas nationwide on Oct 2.