SOUND­BYTES

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Bazaar Showcase -

MORN­INGS: Cof­fee; kiss wife and son; news; traf­fic. DAY JOB: In­vest­ment man­ager. PLAYLIST: The Na­tional’s new

al­bum and Ray La­Mon­tagne. RE- READ­ING: Ge­orge Or­well’s 1984. And read­ing The Pen­guin

His­tory of Eco­nom­ics. PHI­LOS­O­PHY: There are things

be­yond phys­i­cal re­al­ity. THE ICONS: Mar­lon Brando

and Steve McQueen. DRIVES: BMW 3 Se­ries. DE-STRESSES: I sweat, shower, and sleep. On tough days I watch

films alone, in a dark room. com­men­tary was down­played and the slap­stick high oc­tane, what re­ally stood out was the bla­tantly unapolo­getic, sex­ual hu­mour. In a cul­tural cli­mate that saw the last of its comedic sex­u­al­ity in the days of the late great Tan Sri P. Ram­lee, this seems a po­lit­i­cal move in and of it­self, and through the flurry of col­lege an­tics and low-brow rib­aldry one man took the spot­light: Redza Min­hat.

“We started as an artis­tic col­lec­tive,” says the in­tro­spec­tive Redza, “ba­si­cally it was a way for us to gather and col­lab­o­rate cre­atively, ex­press our ‘crazy’, that sort of thing. The ac­co­lades from the BOH Camero­nian Arts Awards have been the ic­ing on the cake be­cause they were Au­di­ence Choice awards. That res­onates.” But what started as straight-up the­atre went vi­ral, and be­fore long the group found them­selves with their own TV show: The Disko Baldi Show went on air in July on 8TV.

“The thing is there’s a part of me that knows how good I’ve got it. I get to do this thing I love, act, write. I mar­ried a woman who truly loves me, I have a son and ap­pre­ci­ate my real life. Sure, there are some haters out there” – he is not un­aware that there are those who think he’s just a pretty face – “but there will al­ways be haters and the fact is even with the Disko Baldi crew I have the “voice of rea­son” tag and of­ten get ribbed for it. But that’s fine,” he smiles with a de­gree of self-ef­face­ment, “I know ex­actly what I bring to the project.”

Next up is a film that Redza wrote to be di­rected again by Nik Amir Mustapha. “Bikin Filem is a con­cept I wanted to ex­plore that teamed a com­ing-of-age tale with an adult road trip about the jour­ney of self-ac­tu­al­i­sa­tion. You think it’s a film about UFOs (oh, yes) but it’s re­ally about ex­is­ten­tial­ism ( laughs) ... the idea of the in­di­vid­ual as op­posed to so­ci­ety; of pur­su­ing elu­sive dreams that seem out of your depth. It re­flects the state of film here. But I be­lieve in chang­ing the sys­tem from within the sys­tem.” Look­ing for­ward to the film’s sched­uled re­lease in March 2014, there is no doubt that this young man from the small, cow­boy town up in Perak is pa­tiently catch­ing his dreams one at a time in the bright lights of the big city.

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