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