No he­roes, vil­lains in Dira’s pro­duc­tions

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

FOR new di­rec­tor Dira Abu Za­har, her dou­ble win (for Best Di­rec­tor and Best Tele­movie) at the re­cent Anugerah Trib­ute P. Ram­lee is a sign of good things to come.

The 32-year-old sin­gle mother, who started tak­ing di­rec­to­rial work se­ri­ously be­gin­ning last year, is no sup­porter of pre­dictable storylines and, in­stead, be­lieves in plot twists and thought-pro­vok­ing ques­tions be­cause they make movies in­ter­est­ing.

She de­scribes her win­ning tele­movie Red­haku Un­tukmu as a pre­view of what she ex­pects to cre­ate in fu­ture tele­movies, se­ries and movies.

The law grad­u­ate and film­mak­ing Mas­ter’s grad­u­ate from Univer­siti Te­knologi Mara in Shah Alam said: “My pro­duc­tions do not have he­roes and vil­lains. Ev­ery char­ac­ter has his strengths and weak­nesses. This is be­cause I am a re­al­ist. In the real world, peo­ple are not black (bad) or white (good), ev­ery­one comes in shades of grey.”

Dira wants her movies to be “char­ac­ter-driven”, in that au­di­ences fol­low a plot from the point of view of var­i­ous char­ac­ters.

“Red­haku Un­tukmu shows this lack of he­roes and vil­lains. I’ve cre­ated a story of a young cou­ple whose ro­mance is short-lived when the girl is forced to marry a rich, older man by her par­ents.

“While she ini­tially obeys their wishes, she soon rebels against her hus­band and goes on a search for her for­mer boyfriend.

“She may fol­low her heart here, but in the process she breaks her solemn mar­riage vow and angers her par­ents and hus­band,” Dira told the New

Straits Times re­cently.

She thanks her tal­ented cast com­pris­ing Shar­i­fah Sak­i­nah, Iedil Pu­tra Alaudin, Linda Hashim and Zaidi Omar, among oth­ers, for mak­ing the tele­movie a suc­cess.

“They’re a bril­liant en­sem­ble. Their strengths are their nat­u­ral abil­ity to por­tray peo­ple with dif­fer­ent view­points, char­ac­ter­is­tics and emo­tions.”


Dira Abu Za­har with her Best Di­rec­tor and Best Tele­film awards.

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