Disney+ Hotstar has recently launched its first ever Malay original series called “Special Force Anarchy”. Directed by famed film director Syafiq Yusof, the action-packed series stars the legendary Dato’ M. Nasir, alongside a significantly younger lineup of cast including Puteri Aishah, Elizabeth Tan, Yusuf Bahrin and also Chacha Maembong, among others.
Airing for a total of seven episodes, the series tells the story of Iman (played by Puteri Aishah), a young and fearless police officer from the fictional country known as Tenggara. Her investigation into a planned bank heist leads her to a dangerous underground group called Anarchy (lead by M. Nasir’s character Umar), where she stumbles upon a secret that could change everything.
We recently caught up with the three main stars of “Special Force: Anarchy” – M. Nasir, Chacha Maembong and Yusuf Bahrin – where they shared with us their experience working with each other for the series. Here’s what went down:
“I was nervous, because this was actually the first time that I worked with one of the legends in Malaysia,” Chacha revealed on her experience working with M. Nasir. “When we shot our first scene together, I was nervous at that time. I was scared that I’d messed up and mumbled my dialogue. But surprisingly, he was really cool on set. He’s very funny. To put it simply, I’m so honoured to be able to work with Dato’ M. Nasir and the rest of the team.”
Meanwhile, Yusuf shared, “As a newcomer in the acting scene, of course, I was amazed to be able to work with a legendary name like Dato’ M. Nasir. I learnt everything from him, so it was basically a learning process for me. I also took it as a challenge because I had to learn how to communicate with him, and also with the rest of the cast. So, I think this is an opportunity for me to gain more experience, especially as someone who’s very green.”
Whereas for M. Nasir, the seasoned star admitted that he’s still adjusting himself to working with co-stars who are notable of much younger age than him. The “Anugerah Juara Lagu” winner told us, “I don’t want them to see me as someone who is legendary. It was not part of my attitude at that time. From my point of view, they are just fellow actors.”
During the chat, the actors also shared with us their most memorable moment behind the scenes. “Almost every day, there’s so many interesting things that happened while shooting the series,” M. Nasir said. Meanwhile, Chacha highlighted her shared moment with co-star Fify Azmi – who unfortunately couldn’t be there during the press event.
“There were a lot of funny moments. Mostly, whenever we feel tired or sleepy, Fify always has a lot of things to do during that time. She’s the mastermind behind those things. She’d ask us to make a TikTok video together, and even everyone took part in the video, including Dato’ M. Nasir.” The latter later explained that he wanted to show a different side of him in front of his fellow cast members.
Yusuf added, “I spent a lot of time with Dato’. Since my character, Jeff, is the right-hand man to his character, Umar. When we talk about M. Nasir, we couldn’t help but to talk about his intonation. I was awestruck. I thought he was serenading me with his voice, because he really has a nice voice.” The “Jesnita” actor also revealed that they were involved in a lot of scenes together. “We rode the motorcycle together. Can you believe that THE M. Nasir actually knows how to ride a motorbike?” he expressed.
The new episode of “Special Force: Anarchy” airs every Saturday exclusively on Disney+ Hotstar.