WHEN BAL­LET MEETS TUDUNG

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

is spot-on, de­spite the first-time ac­tress’ lack of ex­pe­ri­ence.

The 21-year-old is a bal­le­rina, who trained since age four, and was es­pe­cially good in a key scene where she twirls on­stage wear­ing a semi-tra­di­tional cos­tume backed by the haunt­ing chimes of Tchaikovsky’s

Syed Zulk­i­fli has cast a mix of veter­ans and new faces. Rop­ing in new­bies to play stu­dents made his film au­then­tic.

Betty and Aida were spot-on and it was great to see them break away from their TV roles.

Aman Graseka, as Adele’s busi­ness­man fa­ther Shakiri, was also com­mend­able. The

star was also act­ing coach for the new­com­ers.

Keena was be­liev­able as Hana, and it was a sur­prise to see the rock chick play­ing an edi­tor.

As for bad boy Zubir, Aliff ap­peared more like a high school bully than a deadly stalker. The var­i­ous lo­cales made for ex­cel­lent cine­matog­ra­phy that en­hanced the film’s ap­peal.

Hats off to Syed Zul for a film that was ed­u­ca­tional, en­ter­tain­ing and fea­tured some­thing out of the box.

It’s time for more films like this, that en­gage us and leave much food for thought.

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