WHEN BALLET MEETS TUDUNG
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.