• Melissa Kartini

TV Series Review: A "Mandatori" Watch

Updated: Aug 6, 2018


  • Genre: Crime/Thriller

  • Language: Malay

  • Starring: Aeril Zafrel, Siti Saleha, Alvin Wong, Iedil Putra, Dato’ A. Tamimi Siregar, Vanidah Imran, Susan Lankaster, Jo Kukathas, Meor Hashim Manap, Amerul Affendi, Chew Kin Wah

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the local entertainment scene, we suggest that it is about time that you are.


Directed by Razaisyam Rashid, “Mandatori” is yet another literary work by famed novelist, Ramlee Awang Murshid, that has been breathed to life- this time on the television screen.

If you feel as though you’ve heard that name before, there’s a good, solid reason for it; he is the novelist who penned the rich world of “Tombiruo”. With how successfully the film version of “Tombiruo” has done in the box office, there is no denying there are expectations for “Mandatori”.


We at Nuffnang are proud to announce that these expectations are not only met, but exceeded.


Despite possessing a trim collection of 6 episodes, this mini series packs a punch from the get-go. It portrays a dark and serious world that is home to murders, conspiracies and deception. A world that criminal profiler, Inspector Norman (Aeril Zafrel), is unfortunately all too accustomed to. Or is he really?


What is it about?

“Mandatori” opens with a murder mystery, one that Inspector Norman manages to solve effortlessly. Armed with a keen eye for observation and a rich imagination, his style of unravelling a crime scene is comparable to that of Will Graham from “Hannibal”. Needless to say, his uncanny ability for accurately profiling criminals makes him an invaluable member of the police force, and he is often called upon to help solve cases. --Even after he expresses his desire to leave the job for good, the twisted and the macabre presumably having taken a toll on him.


Ironically, he isn’t quite able to stay away, and is soon sucked into a series of murders that seem to be connected to one another. What is even more surprising is that this new case reopens several crime cases that happened several years ago.


But with each investigation he conducts, he is led to yet another murder. People he knows are brutally killed one after another, and the murderer always leaves behind two pieces of evidence- an Inspector Carlos doll and a piece of paper with the words “Case Closed” written on it. These items are always found in the body of the deceased.


Is it worth a watch?

If you are a fan of the crime thriller genre, then by all means. Thanks to the release of “Tombiruo”, confidence in the local filming industry has reignited, and we daresay that the existence of “Mandatori” will only further reassure that newfound confidence.


After all, how could it not? Along with a stellar cast that artfully delivers their scenes, this mini tv series is also solidly backed up by a strong team of seven writers, who - get this - spent a whopping year to perfect the story. Phew. Talk about dedication!


And if that isn’t enough to convince you, then the sheer aesthetic might, shamefully visual creatures that we humans are. Each hour-long episode of “Mandatori” was crafted with care; from the costumes, locations to the camerawork, a lot of attention to detail was given to ensure that the television adaptation would be worthy of Ramlee Awang Murshid’s popular novel.


You can watch “Mandatori” on channel 480 of Astro First Eksklusif starting 14th December 2017


For just RM19.10 (6% GST included), viewers can watch all 6 episodes over and over within a period of 5 days after the day of purchase


“Mandatori” can also be found on the “on demand” digital platform.


Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini

  • Facebook - White Circle
  • Instagram - White Circle
Copyright © 2007-2019 Nuffnang Sdn. Bhd. (762669-K) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia