Those with money in Indonesia go to state-of-the-art cinemas and sing the night away at glitzy karaoke bars for entertainment, but in the poorer parts of the country, films and songs come to the residents.

In the last decade, 35 millimetre film has been almost completely phased out as filmmakers and cinemas opt for cheaper, better quality digital formats.

But 37-year-old Indonesian entrepreneur Lukman Hakim is using the outdated format and equipment to bringing both nostalgia and an evening of fun to neighbourhoods with his mobile cinema.

He makes around US$300 (RM1,280) by putting on vintage movie shows at weddings and parties at night in local communities in Depok, West Java.

For viewers who gather around the big sheets that are strung up to for a screen, it’s a chance to revisit classic Hollywood and Bollywood films that are no longer in circulation.

Bollywood movies are hugely popular in Indonesia, especially in Java and Bali islands, where music and dance is heavily influenced by Indian tradition and performing arts.


Hakim is not the only one who is providing low-budget entertainment.

For five years now, 66-year-old Rudi Hantoro has been pedalling his tricycle around Depok, equipped with a makeshift karaoke bar.

Customers only need to pay 5,000 rupiah (RM1.60) to indulge themselves in three songs. Loyal customers are also treated to the VIP discount of 15,000 rupiah (RM4.80) for 10 songs. Hantoro earns about US$8 (RM34) a day, working four days a week, fulfilling his motto written on his cart – “eliminate depression and create joy”. – Reuters