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Soekarno biopic a $3m labour of love

Indonesian tycoon Raam Punjabi has admired Sukarno since he was 12 and wanted to immortalise him on film

Published on Aug 20, 2014 7:24 PM

You might not have heard of film distributor MVP Entertainment, but if you are a film fan, chances are you will have watched one of its imports.

Recent works include the dramedy Chef (2014), starring Jon Favreau, and the comedy starring John Turturro and Woody Allen, Fading Gigolo (2013). The science-fiction action flick Riddick (2012) featuring Vin Diesel is another example.

Films handled by MVP mostly fall into the category of "big American indies" - larger-budget projects made outside the major Hollywood studios that feature A-list names.

One exception: The biopic Soekarno, about the early life of Indonesia's first president, is not only distributed by MVP Entertainment, but it was also made by a sister company, MVP Pictures.

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Background story

“He did not have to read from a text. The words came to him on the spot. Oh my god, he could convert anyone into a follower of him.”

Mr Raam Punjabi, recalling the time when he was 12 and watched Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno, give a speech. The movie mogul was behind the biopic Soekarno