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In­done­sian ac­tresses Bunga Ci­tra Le their ex­pe­ri­ence film­ing Un­tuk Tuhan, now showin

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IN the largest South­east Asian city of Jakarta, which com­prises more than 10 mil­lion peo­ple, child beg­ging is a well-known phe­nom­e­non. Per­haps, it is so well-known un­til no­body seems to care or take ac­tion to­wards erad­i­cat­ing it. How­ever, ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity should help solve the prob­lem.

At least that’s what the In­done­sian film, hopes to achieve be­sides pro­vid­ing en­ter­tain­ment.

Based on an on­line novel writ­ten by Agnes Davonar, whose first novel has also been adapted into a movie with the same ti­tle in 2011,

di­rected by Fa­jar Bus­tomi, tells the story of or­phans An­gel and her brother An­ton, who end up the vic­tims of a syn­di­cate which ma­nip­u­lates chil­dren to beg on the street.

The cast in­cludes Bunga Ci­tra Les­tari, Aura Kasih and Joe Taslim, the In­done­sian ac­tor who acted in Hol­ly­wood pro­duc­tions such as (in 2013) and



which pre­miered in In­done­sian cine­mas on June 23, has Bunga Ci­tra Les­tari a.k.a. BCL play­ing the lead role, as the adult An­gel.

“What prompted me to ac­cept the role was, of course, the sto­ry­line. Af­ter go­ing through the script the first time, it gave me goose­bumps. Read­ing the sad story of An­gel and An­ton brought tears to my eyes.

“They may be fic­tional, but street kids are very real. There are ev­ery­where in places like Jakarta, so much so that they have be­come a com­mon sight and you be­come obliv­i­ous to them. Up un­til the day I read the script, I’d never given much thought to the prob­lem. So per­haps this (the of­fer to play An­gel) is my wake-up call and I hope that this film will make more peo­ple be­come aware and con­cerned too, es­pe­cially the gov­ern­ment and re­lated au­thor­i­ties,” says the 34-yearold whose last out­ing on the big screen was in the In­done­sia-Malaysia comedy

She starred op­po­site fel­low In­done­sian Reza Ra­ha­dian and Malaysian ac­tors such as Sha­heizy Sam, Bront Palarae Suhaime.

A mother to a 6-year-old boy, B that fam­ily is her pri­or­ity and the fi her heart.

“Af­ter de­cid­ing to take up the o tioned Ashraf (Sin­clair) to bear w am not my usual self dur­ing fil he cried af­ter I told him the plot. such is­sues make us emo­tional,”

The adult An­gel is also a succ yer, af­ter she was raised and educ adop­tive par­ents who moved to A

“That was an­other rea­son why the of­fer to play a lawyer,” jokes B child­hood am­bi­tion was to be­com never acted as a lawyer and if I c in real life, there’s no harm in bec on-screen.”

When the film pre­miered in J fam­ily in­clud­ing Ashraf’s par­ents cinema at the screen­ing.

“Don’t get me wrong, it is a bea but the sub­ject mat­ter is dark. Th needed to por­tray my char­ac­ter a toll on me,” says BCL, who is als

Af­ter film­ing wrapped up, BC hard to shake off the char­ac­ter. F she turned to her mu­sic, which p the av­enue to fully let go of Ang dark world.

BCL was also thank­ful that f be­gan in April, af­ter her It’s Me B at Ple­nary Hall JCC Se­nayan in March 1.

The con­cert, which she also proved many crit­ics wrong.

“Pre­vi­ously, peo­ple in the in­dus ne­sia said that you could only stag for brand­ing and im­age pur­pose mak­ing a tidy sum, or even suf­fer

“I’ve proven other­wise. It show work hard and do your best, you it work,” says BCL who spent s pre­par­ing and even forked out U (about RM3 mil­lion) for the con­cert ever, re­fuses to dis­close the proc the sold-out con­cert at­tended by

AURA EX­PLORES ACT­ING FUR For the ac­tress who first tasted lights of the In­done­sian en­ter­tain as a Miss In­done­sia 2007 fi­nal­ist, only looks for­ward.

Af­ter tak­ing part in the beaut

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