Sukarno Daughter to Remake Film About Father

A still from the official trailer of ‘Soekarno – Indonesia Merdeka.’ (YouTube Image)

A still from the official trailer of ‘Soekarno – Indonesia Merdeka.’ (YouTube Image)

A biopic of Indonesia’s first president will be remade after the Central Jakarta Commercial Court decided to hand over the rights to the movie to his second daughter, Rachmawati Soekarnoputri.

“When the right time comes I will remake the movie to give the real description of Sukarno’s figure,” Rachmawati said on Wednesday.

She said that “Sukarno,” the popular movie about her father produced by Multivision Plus Pictures, had strayed too far from the original screenplay approved by her and has “damaged Sukarno’s reputation,” which she said compelled her to “correct the history.”

Rachmawati said the biopic, directed by Hanung Bramantyo, had earned a lot criticism from important figures.

“Recently the ambassadors for Cuba and Venezuela protested to me that the Sukarno they saw depicted in the movie was nothing like the Soekarno they knew,” she said.

Rachmawati declined to comment on a report that her younger sister, Sukmawati Soekarnoputri, decided to side with Hanung and MVP Pictures. Sukmawati and her political party, the Indonesian National Party of Marhaenisme (PNI Marhaenisme), reportedly gave an award to MVP Pictures, Hanung and the film crew in a gesture of appreciation and support for the movie.

Rachmawati said Hanung and Raam Punjabi, the owner of MVP Pictures, had breached the agreement they had drawn up before filming began.

“One thing for sure is that I have the copyright and the court has made its decision. I don’t mean to limit [the filmmakers’] creativity but I just want things to run properly,” she said.

The court ruled on Tuesday that Rachmawati should be given the rights to the popular biopic, after a months-long legal dispute over the film’s content.

It found that Raam and Hanung had violated the intellectual property rights of the Sukarno family.

Rachmawati’s lawyer Leonard Simorangkir said she would proceed to claim a cut of the movie’s box office take, although the amount is still undecided.

In her lawsuit, however, Rachmawati only asked Raam and Hanung to issue a public apology and pay a token sum of Rp 2, or one-ten-thousandth of a cent. The Jakarta Globe


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