5 Hari Raya-themed comedy films to watch on Netflix
Entertain yourselves with these comedy films while breaking fast with your loved ones.
A long day of work or school can get really exhausting, especially when you are fasting. Gathering with your family and friends to catch a film while breaking fast is one good way to unwind.
Here are five comedic Hari Raya-themed movies on Netflix you can consider catching as you feast with your loved ones.
1. Syif Malam Raya
Directed by A. Razak Mohaideen, the comedy-horror film Syif Malam Raya was released in 2020 and is one and a half hours long.
The movie centres around two friends, Zaid (played by Atu Zero) and Hisyam (Sharif Zero), who both work at a morgue. On the eve of Raya, they are tasked to deliver a body to Ipoh. In order to impress Mera (Reen Rahim), whom they both like, they invite her and her brother, Yoh (Yoe Parey), to come along so that they can send them back to their village before the morning of Hari Raya.
However, strange things begin to happen on their trip when they reach a village that is supposedly haunted by a pocong.
The characters possess over-the-top personalities that contribute to the comedic elements. Viewers can expect witty one-liners and funny exchanges between the characters.
2. Raya Tak Jadi
Starring Saiful Apek (who plays the character Shuib) and Johan Raja Lawak (Bob), Raya Tak Jadi is a comedy film directed by A. Razak Mohaideen. This one and a half hour long movie was released in 2011.
Brothers Shuib and Bob are on their way back to their home village during Ramadan.
Panic and chaos soon ensue when they discover a man passed out in the trunk of Shuib’s taxi. It turns out that they had accidentally interfered with the kidnapping of one of the most influential men in Malaysia. The brothers will have to figure out how to resolve the situation without getting themselves in more trouble.
Saiful Apek and Johan Raja Lawak are well known for gags and play a prominent role in Malaysia’s slapstick comedy scene. The banter between them and the creative schemes they come up with are the key highlights of the movie.
3. Anak Bulan
Anak Bulan is a 2016 local Ramadan themed film directed by Raihan Halim. Set in Singapore in 1967, an unexpected crescent moon causes Hari Raya to move to the next day.
This causes Muhammad and his family, along with the rest of the village, to scramble as they all struggle to prepare for the next morning.
Starring in the movie are several prominent local faces such as Mastura Ahmad, Roslan Kemat, Nadiah M. Din, and Danial Ahshriq.
Themes surrounding familial ties, friendships, and forgiveness are depicted throughout this film.
4. I Know What You Did Last Raya
Also directed by A. Razak Mohaideen, I Know What You Did Last Raya was released back in 2004. The movie is a play on the 1997 film, I Know What You Did Last Summer.
In the film, five friends get into a car accident with a man and his goat while making their way home on the eve of Hari Raya.
Afraid of the potential consequences, they decide to cover up and flee the scene. They soon notice that someone is stalking and harassing them, in an attempt to expose their wrongdoings.
Despite several suspenseful moments, viewers can still look forward to having a good laugh as the comedic timing is well delivered through their gestures and dialogues.
5. Hantu Kak Limah
Hantu Kak Limah, directed by Mamat Khalidis, is not set during the timeframe of Hari Raya or Ramadan. Instead, this two hour movie is centred around the kampong culture and spirit (figuratively and literally).
Kak Limah (played by Delimawati), a sweet resident of Kampung Pisang, was found dead in her home. However, her ghost begins roaming around the village and disturbing the villagers.
The almost cartoon-like mannerisms of the characters add a unique charm and make the movie fun to watch.
Whether you have already seen some of these movies or never heard of them until now, these movies will surely give you a good laugh during the fasting month!