31 Mar '11, 8am

Malaysia's first gay film a box office hit: report: "For me, this film is my soapbox to remind society not to be...

Malaysia's first gay film a box office hit: report: "For me, this film is my soapbox to remind society not to be...

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's first gay-themed movie has been a hit at the box office but an official from the conservative Islamic party Thursday called for it to be banned despite its anti-homosexual ending. "Dalam Botol" ("Inside a Bottle") raked in one million ringgit (S$417,600) in the first five days, making it a local hit, the Star daily reported, despite Malaysia's conservative views on homosexuality. The movie, which opened on March 24, features a gay male character who has a sex-change operation to please his lover but finally regrets the procedure. It ends with him falling in love with a girl. Although the movie has a gay theme, producer Raja Azmi Raja Sulaiman said she regarded it as a warning to the public about homosexual culture. "For me, this film is my soapbox to remind society not to be influenced by gay culture, which is considered taboo in this country," Ra...

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