Don’t pay heed to toxic crit­ics, Rosyam tells Fat­tah

New Straits Times - - Entertainment - By Den­nis Chua

a pop­u­lar new face in the lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment scene, Fat­tah Amin has been crit­i­cised by some quar­ters fol­low­ing the launch of 99 Kata-Kata #Qal­ifMo­den Fat­tah Amin, a book filled with his quotes.

They have called him a “self­ind­ul­gent up­start” and urged him to wait un­til he gath­ers suf­fi­cient ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore pub­lish­ing any­thing. Some have de­scribed his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy as “noth­ing more than an ego trip”.

How­ever, award-win­ning vet­eran ac­tor Datuk Rosyam Nor de­fended his KL Su­per Force co-star (their new movie is set for re­lease by year’s end).

He said the new ac­tor had ev­ery right to write what he wanted.

“There is no law that bans an artiste from com­ing up with his or her own book, be it an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, sto­ry­book or a book of quotes.”

“A new ac­tor like Fat­tah has a lot of ‘star power’, and good­will from fans can be trans­lated into this book as a ‘thank you’ for their sup­port.”

Rosyam said there would al­ways be crit­ics — con­struc­tive and de­struc­tive — who would “re­view” the book.

“Not all books are wel­comed with bou­quets. Many writers re­ceive back­lash.”

Rosyam pub­lished his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy Impian Jutawan Bu­dak

Set­ing­gan (A Slum Boy’s Mil­lion­aire Dream) last year.

He said while read­ers gen­er­ally wel­comed his book, with some 33,000 copies sold to date, there were quar­ters who crit­i­cised it.

“Crit­i­cism is nor­mal. It is hu­man na­ture to ques­tion things. It doesn’t de­ter me be­cause I know I’ve writ­ten my life story from the heart.

“Fat­tah has to stay strong and per­se­vere, just as he does in his act­ing ca­reer.

“I’ve heard read­ers prais­ing him for his hon­esty in com­ing out with his book, and how he plans to be­come a win­ning ac­tor.”

As for de­struc­tive crit­i­cisms, Rosyam urged Fat­tah not to pay heed to them be­cause “toxic”

peo­ple had never been of help to any­one.

Fat­tah had said de­spite crit­i­cism of his book, he would not quit writ­ing about his ex­pe­ri­ences in show­busi­ness.

99 Kata-Kata #Qalif

Mo­den Fat­tah Amin is a best-seller at its dis­trib­u­tor’s, MPH Book­stores Sdn Bhd, out­lets na­tion­wide. More than 5,000 copies have been printed since Feb 12.

A buzz­word Fat­tah uses in the book, “ke­lakar kan?” (isn’t it funny?) has been picked up by Ne­ti­zens, who have used it to make so­cial me­dia state­ments on the best-seller.

Rosyam Nor

Fat­tah Amin

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