Through its “sooka Dah Besar Sekarang” celebration at REXKL, sooka, a local entertainment streaming app, honours its first year in Malaysia the spooky way. It does this to recognise its expansion onto Smart TVs with the introduction of sooka VIP TV and to debut its second Original series, “Hantu Raya Pergi Perang”.
“Hantu Raya Pergi Perang” is a horror comedy-drama that depicts the tale of a local rural community that fervently believes in Malaysian ghosts and folklore legends. It is directed by Wan Hasliza and Wan Alak, the award-winning directors of “Keluarga Iskandar”.
The series, which was created in partnership with a local production company called KL Motion, is a premium offering included in the VIP Entertainment and VIP TV subscriptions offered by sooka. It will be available exclusively on sooka for eight episodes, the first of which will air for free on 24th June.
Emarina Kamal, Head of Programming at sooka, shared during the anniversary party, “Our one-year milestone has elevated us from an entertainment streaming app that allows subscribers to stream on-the-go, to now streaming on the big screen – and this is attributed to our subscribers, partners, local content providers and creators. Since our inception, we have registered 1.5 million downloads of our app, streamed a total of 556 million minutes’ worth of entertainment and sports content, and launched two Original series, including the one we are premiering today which is ‘Hantu Raya Pergi Perang’.”
As mentioned above, sooka will provide its second Original series, “Hantu Raya Pergi Perang”, which stars Hun Haqeem, Sharifah Sakinah, Rashidi Ishak, Syean Mokhtar, and Iman Corinne as leading roles. We had the opportunity to speak with the cast themselves and they talked to us about some of the sentimental moments they had with the late Adibah Noor during the shoot. For those who don’t know, the series was Adibah’s last acting project before her unfortunate passing.
“I feel extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to work on a project with Arwah before she passed away. As a result, I feel so grateful with my participation in the entire behind-the-scenes production with the ‘Perang Hantu Raya’ team. I say this because when Arwah was unwell, she naturally was unable to continue with all of her roles. As a result, we hired a body double to fill in for her in all of her remaining sequences,” Rashidi, who plays Pak Osman Buaya in the comedy-horror series, told us.
The seasoned actor added by saying, “However, Alhamdulillah, we were able to secure all of the crucial scenes, like the war sequence. But after that, we had to make compromises by employing her body double in scenes whilst still preserving her voice through voiceover. For that, we went to her home to record all the voiceovers. And I’m just grateful I could be a part of that and work with her all the way through.”
During the media event, Emarina also said, “One year onward from our launch in Malaysia, our expansion onto the big screen could not have come at a better time, as more local content are produced and sports events are available for viewers to enjoy on their preferred screens. Today, we have about 71% of mobile users enjoying our content on mobile devices.
“With sooka VIP TV, we want to further reach to a wider audience who enjoy streaming their favorite content on Smart TVs. With sooka, users will now have the option and convenience to choose how and where they want to consume content, be it on their mobile devices at anytime, anywhere, or on the big screen at the comfort of their homes,” she further added.
In order for consumers to download the sooka app from particular Smart TV models from these brands, sooka collaborated with Samsung, LG, Sharp, and Sony to create the sooka VIP TV offering. The second month of a sooka VIP TV subscription, which costs RM84.90 a month, is free as part of the ongoing “Buy 1 Month, Free 1 Month”* promotion, which is valid until 15th July 15, 2022. The VIP TV plan gives subscribers to Sooka’s current VIP+Sports and VIP Entertainment mobile app subscriptions access to all premium content and permits simultaneous watching on one Smart TV and up to two mobile devices.
The current sooka subscription packages are RM15.90, RM41.90, and RM84.90 per month for VIP Entertainment, VIP+Sports, and VIP TV, respectively. Download the Sooka app from the Apple Store, Google Play Store, Samsung, LG, Sharp and Sony app stores to enjoy Sooka and watch your favourite LIVE sports action and the greatest local entertainment content on your mobile devices and big displays with your loved ones (for VIP TV). You don’t have to stress about commitments as there are no contracts or commitments with any of Sooka’s subscription programmes.
* This promotion is available for subscription via the web through credit or debit card only
* Promotion is valid for new VIP TV subscribers only