Wednesday, August 23, 2006

sharifah amani (star of sepet and gubra) thrashed mercilessly!...

again.. my question is... is this has got something to do with the mentality of some people who react like this?!?... and/or a double standard practice some authorities are practising?!?...

personally... s.amani is indeed one of the most talented and most natural young actresses ever produced in the malaysia filming industry!...

to say such things about her and the way some authorities 'crucifying' her is totally mindless!...

do go big and do go far and make them eat their own words!....

p/s ; just imagine a young and budding actor said such things to ida... prolly a police report is already done by now... double standard?!?... i think so too!..

Suraya Al-Attas on Saturday: Why pick on Amani alone?

19 Aug 2006

HOW tragic. A young actress who�s just beginning her journey in the film industry gets thrashed mercilessly for unwittingly offending the audience at the recent Malaysian Film Festival (MFF).

Yet, the perverted act of a veteran actor/director towards an actress many years his junior at the same event went completely unnoticed.

Can somebody explain why the people who were quick to crucify Best Actress Sharifah Amani for her now-famous acceptance speech � "I�d like to make my speech in English because I sound stupid when I speak Malay" and "If films (like Gubra) taint our culture, let�s do them more often" � did not find A.R. Badul�s distasteful remarks and actions towards his co-presenter, Ida Nerina, the least bit offensive?

What does that say about our people, particularly the film folk?

From the moment Ida sauntered onto the stage, Badul�s remarks were full of sexual innuendoes.

His obscene sense of humour was much more difficult to stomach because Ida had proudly declared that she recently got married, and pointed out her husband in the audience.

You�d think that he�d put a lid on it right after that. Of course not. Instead, he leered at a certain part of her body before commenting that her "mudguard masih boleh tahan" (Your "mudguard" still looks good).

This is totally unacceptable behaviour. In any culture.

How did Badul get off scot-free while Amani was lambasted?

At least, 20-year-old Amani has youth in her defence. What excuse does Badul, who�s pushing 60, have for such appalling behaviour?

Predictably, nobody noticed. This whole week, most entertainment pages of newspapers have focused solely on the Amani issue, filled with responses from industry folk, including actors, producers, heads of associations as well as ex-presidents of film associations and academics.

Save for a handful like actress Azean Irdawaty, who expressed concern about the harsh punishment meted out to an industry youngster, most have come down hard on Amani.

The fact that Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim voiced his anger with Amani immediately after the festival seemed to have emboldened these people � mostly industry veterans � who think they have equal right to pass judgment. Why, some appeared even more incensed than the minister!

It seems they are all out for Amani�s blood. So bent are they on killing her career that they�ve called for various kinds of punishment, from stripping her of the Best Actress title to banning her from acting.

Making matters worse were some newspaper reports which had happily misquoted her (speech), including this one: "Let�s do it more often ... filem yang mencemarkan budaya Melayu" (Let�s do it more often ... films that taint the Malay culture).

This, of course, angered even more people, especially those who were not at the event or had not watched it on TV. Can we blame them?

Did anyone pause to think this is a young girl � with a bright future in the film industry � they were attacking? Even more terrifying, several veterans were heard openly instigating a couple of journalists at the MFF post-party to "belasah dia" (thrash her)!

I can understand if these were her peers; then it�s easy to put it down to jealousy. But no, they�re old enough to be her parents.

As industry elders, they should treat Amani like their child. After all, it is the likes of Amani who will take over the industry one day.

So when a child does something wrong, would a parent whip her with the rotan until she bleeds, and then throw her out of the house? Shouldn�t these wiser, older folk guide their juniors?

Strangely, I don�t remember any of them condemning producer Raja Azmi Raja Sulaiman when she wrote the novel Cinta 100 Ela which was yanked off the shelves because of its pornographic content not too long ago. At least not in the way Amani is being attacked now.

I didn�t know whether to laugh or cry when yet again Raja Azmi, who seems to be on an ongoing crusade against director Yasmin Ahmad�s works (Sepet and Gubra, both of which star Amani), was asked to comment on Amani.

Just a few months ago, Raja Azmi, conveniently forgetting her "masterpiece", spoke on morality, religion and culture as she criticised Yasmin�s films on RTM1�s Fenomena Seni. I mean ... really!

The way I see it, Amani is guilty. Yes, she�s guilty of being ill-prepared for her moment of glory, of not preparing a politically-correct speech after accepting her Best Actress award. She�s guilty of being overexcited to the point of saying something that she now regrets.

Should she be reprimanded? Absolutely. But does she deserve to be punished and crucified in this manner? Certainly not.

So, early in her career, Amani has learnt how vicious the industry can be.

And if she chooses to bow out quietly, you can�t blame her because in this country, an artiste has little room for mistakes.

But for the sake of her fans and the rest of us who believe in second chances, we hope Amani will keep her spirit up and chalk this episode down to her experience as "anak wayang".

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