Jakarta. Director Angga Dwimas Sasongko and scriptwriter Salman Aristo team up with actor and producer Chicco Jerikho to tell a funny and moving story about fatherhood in newly released comedy "Buka'an 8."
The title, which literally means "dilated by 8 centimeters," refers to the most intense and painful phase for a mother when delivering a baby during a natural childbirth, but Angga and Salman turn our attention away from the mother and focus it right on the husband.
Chicco plays young husband Alam, a famous social media "buzzer." Adoring Alam spoils his wife Mia (Lala Karmela) but all his efforts go unnoticed by his impossibly demanding in-laws, Ambu (Sarah Sechan) and Abah (Tio Pakusadewo), who often taunt Alam for not having a "real" job.
Speaking at a media gathering in South Jakarta on Monday, Chicco said Buka'an 8 weaves personal stories with daily slapsticks, which he hopes will entertain audience.
Chicco said he made the decision to produce the movie after accompanying Angga to the hospital to witness the birth of his first child.
The story also has a strong political slant, being set in Indonesia after the 2014 presidential election and right in the middle of the heated atmosphere during the Jakarta gubernatorial election.
"I want this movie to be relevant. It reflects what's happening in our society today," director Angga said.
Scriptwriter Salman said he likes to write stories tied to big events, but takes a "microscopic" approach when creating his characters.
"Audience responds to jokes satirizing the politics of today. In this movie, we see all the hustle and bustle about politics from the perspective of a young couple trying to win over their parents," Salman said.
Buka'an 8 opens in theaters on Thursday, Feb. 23.