Self-as­sured Bront Palarae en­gages his cre­ative in­tel­li­gence by push­ing bound­aries and re-shap­ing the film land­scape. This Re­nais­sance man is here to stay. By Ji­man Casablan­cas. Styled by Ken­neth Goh. Pho­tographed by Chin Too.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - THE BAZAAR MAN -

he name be­hind Bront Palarae is two sto­ries com­bined,” says the Malaysian ac­tor. My sur­name is de­rived from my mother's Thai fam­ily name whilst Bront is a nick­name from high school which has stuck like glue. I de­cided to com­bine these two as my stage name be­cause they go well rhyth­mi­cally, and it evokes the type of mys­tery and cu­rios­ity I would want as a then new­bie in the in­dus­try. You could say it’s also mar­ket­ing. But I'm very much at­tached to this name as much as I am to Nas­rul Suhaimin. How­ever, last year, I found out that Bront in Greek means ‘thun­der.’ So that kind of gives the name a new depth, don’t you think?” For nearly 15 years now, Bront Palarae, 38, whose real name is Nas­rul Suhaimin Sai­fud­din, has brought new mean­ing to the lo­cal film in­dus­try and to the way movies are writ­ten and un­der­stood. Born in Alor Se­tar of Pak­istaniMalay-Si­amese de­scent, Bront cre­ates a com­mu­nity around him with his gra­cious­ness, cre­ativ­ity, and cu­rios­ity – char­ac­ter­is­tics that play a vi­tal role in his work. I’d be ly­ing if I said that looks don’t come into it. But what it’s re­ally about is pure, un­de­ni­able tal­ent. Re­cently named Best Ac­tor at the Asean In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val & Award (AIFFA) 2015 for his per­for­mance in Ter­baik Dari Lan­git, 2014, Bront never ques­tions the ve­rac­ity of the medium but uses it

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