TEARFUL FAREWELL FOR ACTION HERO
Stars pay tribute to an outstanding actor, screenwriter, director, producer and lyricist
THE late legendary actor Tan Sri Jins Shamsuddin, who died at 81 on Wednesday, loved cameras as they were important instruments in filmmaking.
During his five-decade entertainment career, he managed to collect dozens of cameras for work and for his hobby — photography.
Producer Datuk Yusof Haslam, an old friend of Jins, said: “His camera collection is quite impressive. He told me that after he dies, the film industry could turn it into a mini museum, not only to honour his achievements, but also to honour filmmakers.
“He said the growth of movies was in tandem with the growth of a camera’s design. That was why he kept abreast with all aspects of cinematography.”
Yusof hoped the film industry would honour Jins befittingly, as he was the country’s first major action hero and was an outstanding screenwriter, director, producer and lyricist.
“Like Tan Sri P. Ramlee, Jins will be remembered as an illustrious son of Malaysian cinema.
“He also championed the wellbeing of artistes through his involvement in artiste associations and as a senator representing the industry.”
When asked about his experience working with Jins, Yusof said his mentor was a strict disciplinarian.
“He encouraged filmmakers and artistes to get a good education to be more effective in their work.
“He wanted to see Malaysian movies go global. The emergence of young and talented filmmakers, whose works went overseas, delighted him.”
Yusof hoped young filmmakers would heed Jins’s advice to keep improving themselves, be passionate about making world-class movies, and never forget their roots after achieving success.
Veteran singer Datuk D.J. Dave recalled working with Jins in the 1980s movie Menanti Hari Esok.
“I was a singer in the movie, and saw how Jins worked.
“He was very strict with his actors, but once the movie wrapped up, he was a gentleman.”
Dayang Sulu, who has also appeared in films directed by Jins, agreed, saying “he tolerated no nonsense on set”.
“We had to be tidy, polite, punctual and well-dressed”.
Filmmakers Datuk Rahim Razali and Othman Hafsham said Jins’s death marked the passing of a “titan” in the industry.
The late actor’s son, Putera Hang Jebat, said his father had set high standards for actors, and encouraged his children to be well-educated.
“He always said it’s good to be well-educated because education adds value to one’s eventual profession.
“He practised what he preached by taking filmmaking courses in London, the United Kingdom.”
Another son of his, Putera Hang Nadim, thanked all who attended his father’s funeral at the Muslim cemetery in Hulu Klang yesterday.
“My father loved his work and was seldom at home.
“But when he was, he paid a keen interest in our academic progress and encouraged us to do our best.”
Tan Sri Jins Shamsuddin’s widow, Puan Sri Halijah Abdullah, pouring rose water onto his grave at the Muslim cemetery in Hulu Klang yesterday.
BY BERNAMA Tan Sri Jins Shamsuddin