‘RE­SPECT OTHER PEO­PLE’S WORK’

Di­rec­tor Syam­sul Yu­sof wants to set the record straight on his ‘feud’ with ac­tor Redza Min­hat. BIBI NURSHUHADA RAMLI has the story

New Straits Times - - News | Region -

FANS did not re­alise that some­thing was brew­ing be­tween Syam­sul Yu­sof and Redza Min­hat un­til they saw Syam­sul’s tweet.

In the Aug 2 tweet, Syam­sul, who won the Best Di­rec­tor award at the 57th Asia Pa­cific Film Fes­ti­val, thanked his sup­port­ers, Redza and Twit­ter user @Khair­ilAnuar, who had crit­i­cised the lo­cal film in­dus­try through their tweets.

Syam­sul, 33, said it was not his in­ten­tion to sound ar­ro­gant about his first in­ter­na­tional win.

He said he just wanted to re­mind Redza not to un­der­mine or crit­i­cise other peo­ple’s work, as Redza and @Khair­ilAnuar had done be­fore.

“Truth­fully, I tagged Redza in my tweet to make him un­der­stand that no one should feel he is bet­ter than the rest,” Syam­sul said.

“It is great that he thinks he knows what makes a great film, but, at the same time, re­spect­ing other peo­ple’s work is also im­por­tant.

“My prin­ci­ple is sim­ple. Re­spect all prod­ucts put out. It may not be your cup of tea, but it may be some­one else’s.

“For ex­am­ple, Ah­mad Id­ham’s hor­ror com­edy, Hantu Bon­ceng, might have flaws, but it did well at the box of­fice. That it­self de­serves some re­spect.”

He has helmed movies such as KL Gang­ster, Khu­rafat and Evo­lusi KL Drift 2.

Syam­sul praised lo­cal film­mak­ers, like Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba, who made won­der­ful films with­out con­demn­ing other di­rec­tors’ vi­sion or ef­fort.

“How many films has he (Redza) done?

“He has only writ­ten screen­plays (one of which is for Ter­baik Dari Lan­git), but does he have the right to judge a di­rec­tor’s work if he has not been tested as one?”

Syam­sul ad­mit­ted that he liked films that Redza had starred in, like Pisau Cukur and KIL, but felt sorry that the ti­tles were not suc­cess­ful at the box of­fice.

“Why must he feel bit­ter when oth­ers fare bet­ter? I un­der­stand that ev­ery­one has the right to free speech. If that is the case, I have the right, too, no?”

Syam­sul said his tweet was not only in­tended to de­fend his films, but those of other film­mak­ers as well.

Ne­ti­zens crit­i­cised Syam­sul for tak­ing his “feud” to so­cial me­dia in­stead of re­solv­ing the is­sue pri­vately with Redza.

“I have been quiet all this while, but af­ter clinch­ing the award, I was re­minded of these crit­ics,” said Syam­sul.

“I thought this would be the best way to make my point clear... that the per­son you have been crit­i­cis­ing fi­nally wins an award.”

Syam­sul is com­plet­ing the se­quel of Mu­nafik, Mu­nafik 2, which stars Maya Karin. It will hit the cin­e­mas in Fe­bru­ary.

Syam­sul Yu­sof says it is not his in­ten­tion to sound ar­ro­gant. PIC BY NURUL SYAZANA ROSE RAZMAN

Redza Min­hat

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