Monday, March 9, 2009

.: Talentime :.

A Yasmin Ahmad Film.

  • Sepet :: One Chinese boy, one Malay girl, one unforgettable love story.
  • Gubra :: Why do we hurt the most, the ones we love the most?
  • Mukhsin :: Everyone has a first love story to tell.
  • Muallaf :: It is in forgiving that we are forgiven.

"First love has always fascinated me because it happens to you at a time when you have not yet learned to lie to yourself. With first love, within five minutes, you accept the other person for everything that they are, warts and all. I believe that our first love is the truest love of all. Unfortunately, most people I know do not even believe there is such a thing as "true love" . It's important to note here that the last thing I wanted was to make the central crisis in "Sepet" a racial one. I have never believed that race was ever a real issue when people hated one another. I have always found, without fail, that racism was just surface stuff. When I scratched that surface and went just a little deeper, I invariably found that that prejudice was rooted in more basic human weaknesses like Fear or Greed. I also wanted "Sepet" to be about first love.. They remind me of the last words in a poem by Wislawa Szymborska. "Let the people who never find true love believe that there is no such thing. Their faith will make it easier for them to live and die."

Yasmin Ahmad, The Storyteller

"Jikalau dalam Sepet, kita jatuh cinta dengan Jason, dalam Mukhsin kita jatuh cinta dengan Mukhsin. Dalam Talentime, bersedialah anda untuk jatuh cinta dengan Mahesh."

If in Sepet we fell in love with Jason, in Mukhsin we fell in love with Mukhsin. In Talentime, be prepared to fall in love with Mahesh.

I've only caught snippets of her movies, developing not as much impact on me, by this I mean the controversial issues portrayed are certainly predominantly familiar. Perhaps I should not give this latest installment a miss, especially when it may be an avenue to cut loose from the unsightly commotion happening around here these days.

Feels like I've been walking barefoot on burning embers
Feels like I've been growing up among total strangers
O beloved, take me away to your destiny
This blind, narrow-minded world is my enemy

Amazing whenever you feel like the whole world is crashing down against you, something suitably crops up and gets you back on track, no matter how insignificant that thing may be.


Happy Monday! ^^
5.43pm Malaysian Time


Ms.Unique said...

Hmmm ... so now I know why all this Romantic predictions ;) .... loool u'll b taken in soon probably ... wahahahahha .... just kidding me hates predicting ....

Anyways U celebrate Prophet's Birthday? Is it common over there? Actually me gotta learn alot abt Malay culture with all it's diversity .... nothing personal ... just curiosity ...

Hajar Zamzam Ismail said...

Happy Birthday celebrations, in honor of the Prophet (SAW).

Hajar Alwi said...

Ms. Unique:: Insya'Allah, I shall not lower myself to become the predictions. LoL~

It is commonly celebrated in various levels e.g. school, district, state, national.

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. - Albert Einstein. :)

Hajar Zamzam Ismail:: ^^