Habibie & Ainun

Habibie & Ainun is a 2012 Indonesian biographical drama film produced by Manoj Punjabi and Dhamoo Punjabi of MD Pictures. Starring Reza Rahadian, Bunga Citra Lestari and Tio Pakusadewo, the film is based on the memoir written by the 3rd President of the Republic of Indonesia, B. J. Habibie about his wife, Hasri Ainun Habibie, also named "Habibie and Ainun".

Habibie & Ainun
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byFaozan Rizal
Written byGinatri S. Noer
Ifan Adriansyah Ismail
Produced byDhamoo Punjabi
Manoj Punjabi
StarringReza Rahardian
Bunga Citra Lestari
Tio Pakusadewo
Ratna Riantiarno
Mike Lucock
Vita Mariana
Music byAndi Rianto
Distributed byMD Pictures
Release date
December 20, 2012 (2012-12-20)
Running time
118 minutes
Box office$17.00 million[1]

The film, released on 20 December 2012, drew the largest theatrical audience to date in Indonesian cinema history with 4.7 million viewers.[2] It also became MD Pictures' highest grossing film produced to date.

The film was followed by a prequel, Rudy Habibie in 2016, with Rahadian reprising his role.


In 1953 at her school in Bandung, Hasri Ainun Besari is matched with Bacharuddin Jusuf "Rudy" Habibie for their intelligence, infatuating Rudy. In 1962, when accompanying his brother on an appointment, he meets Ainun, now a physician. They start showing love towards each other. Rudy reveals to Ainun that after going back to Aachen, he will return to Indonesia to build his beloved country. He proposes her to be his wife, unable to promise luxury, but promises eternal love. She accepts, weds, and flies to Aachen.

While Rudy works at a train company, Ainun is pregnant. The couple move to Hamburg after the birth of their son, Ilham Akbar Habibie. After Rudy receives a Doctor of Engineering, he sends a letter seeking permit to create an aircraft to the Indonesian Aircraft Industry Commando, but they are not ready to accept. Ainun cheers him up by revealing a second baby, Thareq Kemal Habibie. Ainun is revealed to have ovarian cancer. Nostalgic to the hospital environment, she reprises her role as a physician.

External video
  Video of the maiden flight of IPTN N-250 on YouTube; this is incorporated in the film, in aspects where recreation is beyond the crew's ability (5m 44s)

Ibnu Sutowo supports Rudy on his aspirations, and he flies to Jakarta, where he has organized a team. At the same time, he also becomes a minister. His blueprint of IPTN N-250 is approved by President Suharto, and manufacturing soon begins. A businessman trades him wealth to be involved in the project, but Rudy rejects. Local press deem the project abnormal, but is astounded seeing its maiden flight on 10 August, 1995. The people of Indonesia also cheers at the takeoff via live broadcast.

Ainun asks him to retire and take on a honeymoon together, but is delayed when he takes oath to be the Vice President. As one, Rudy focuses more on his job, and has a worrying sleep duration. Following the Rupiah plummet, as well as the May 1998 riots, Suharto resigns, and Rudy becomes President. Rudy orders for a wipeout of the New Order scars, but is criticized, and he is accused of corruption. Ainun is told that his cancer is worsening; she tells the nurse to not reveal this to Rudy. A year after serving, Rudy realized that his presidency only burdens himself, and declares resignation. Following that, he revisits the N250, now abandoned because of financial shortcomings, exacerbated with the public's apathy in the potential it might bring. They later go on the honeymoon.

Rudy discovers that Ainun's cancer reached Stage IV, prompting him to fly with his family to Munich, where Ainun will be hospitalized at the Universitätsklinikum Großhadern. Although surgery is successful, the cells have divided and spread; Rudy still believes Ainun will be cured. Numerous surgeries are implemented, but the doctor says that cure is unguaranteed. With hope worthless, Ainun's friend suggest that her funeral be organized; Rudy opposes that idea as it nears their marriage's 48th anniversary. Though Rudy remains firm on Ainun's discharge, she dies on 22 May, 2010. He revisits Ainun's home, where he can still feel her spirit.

As a video of Habibie visiting Ainun's grave plays, he narrates that he will forever cherish his memories with his sakinah love, Ainun.


  • Bunga Citra Lestari as Hasri Ainun Habibie
  • Reza Rahadian as B. J. Habibie
  • Marsha Natika as young Ainun
  • Esa Sigit as young Habibie
  • Mike Lucock as Ilham Akbar Habibie
  • Christoffer Nelwan as Thareq Kemal Habibie
  • Ratna Riantiarno as R. A. Tuti Marini Puspowardojo
  • Tio Pakusadewo as Suharto


This film was launched on 20 December 2012[where?], with its first screenings attended by then-President of Republic of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono along with then-Governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo as well as Habibie himself.


  1. ^ "Habibie & Ainun - Singapore Box Office". Box Office Mojo. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  2. ^ Nurhayati, Nunuy (9 February 2018). "Film Dilan 1990 Siap Menggeser Habibie & Ainun". Tempo (in Indonesian). Retrieved 28 February 2018.

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