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New potential box-office hit arises after Habibie’s passing

Audrie Safira Maulana

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Thu, October 10, 2019  /  04:27 pm
New potential box-office hit arises after Habibie’s passing

The eldest son of Indonesia's third president BJ Habibie, Ilham Akbar Habibie, coordinates with his brother Thareq Kemal Habibie while accompanying their father's coffin as it is moved from the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) in Jakarta on Sept. 11. JP/Dhoni Setiawan (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Indonesians still mourn the recent death of Indonesia’s third president, Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, despite his past controversies as one of the most important figures during the dictatorial New Order regime. Habibie, in the last decade, has become something of a pop culture icon, a massive shift from his technocratic persona as the research and technology minister under authoritarian ruler Soeharto. Contemporary Indonesians see him as a loyal husband who stayed on the deathbed of his wife, Ainun, during her last days of battling cancer. A photo of Habibie kissing Ainun as she laid dying mellowed almost an entire nation, whose main source of prime-time entertainment is already cheesy romantic soap operas, and has inspired movie productions known as the Habibie-Ainun Universe saga with Habibie & Ainun in 2012 and Rudy Habibie in 2016, both produced my MD Pictures. Follo...