P. Ramlee on History channel
Finally, a comprehensive look at the life and work of Tan Sri P. Ramlee, in a documentary that offers insightful views on the legend.
THE month-long appreciation of Tan Sri P. Ramlee on Astro entitled Di Mana Kan Ku Cari Ganti (Where Can I Find A Replacement?, a plaintive tune from his great songbook) will culminate with a first ever major documentary on the legendary entertainer on the channel History this Sunday.
The most-awaited original production on the unforgettable Malaysian star, P. Ramlee, was unveiled to the media last week and it brought laughter and tears to those present at the preview.
Especially those who personally knew P. Ramlee, such as veteran actress Mariani Ismail (P. Ramlee’s sister-in-law), Datuk Aziz Sattar (P. Ramlee’s close friend and fellow actor) and his son Sazali Ramlee.
We all know about P. Ramlee, the inimitable, charismatic and multitalented actor, singer, comedian, songwriter, screenwriter and film director who captivated his audience with his talents and charming persona in the 1950s and early 60s.
The accomplished musician and composer from Penang, whose real name was Teuku Zakaria Teuku Nyak Puteh, played the ukulele, piano, violin, trumpet, guitar and accordion. He directed and acted in 66 feature films and had more than 350 songs to his credit
many of them huge hits by those days’ standards winning awards locally and internationally.
Behind those extraordinary talents admired around the region, most people don’t really know what he was like in private.
P. Ramlee, produced by Pesona Pictures and directed by Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba, gives a rare insight into the man who continues to capture the hearts of many long after his untimely death on May 29, 1973, aged 44.
The documentary notably showcases exclusive footage of heartwarming interviews with people who have since passed away, such as the love of his life, Puan Sri Saloma, his son Nasir, and close friends and stars Datuk Ahmad Daud and Datin Saadiah.
Also interviewed were Sazali, Mariani and Aziz as well as veteran actresses Datuk Sarimah Ahmad and Hashimah Yon.
Shuhaimi and her team at Pesona had been planning to document P. Ramlee’s work for a long time – 12 years to be exact.
“We started our research in 1998 by talking to his friends and family and those who had worked closely with him. We thought it might come in useful for future references, since there wasn’t any documentary done on Tan Sri P. Ramlee before,” the 59-year-old director told newsmen after the documentary’s screening at Hilton Kuala Lumpur.
“That’s how we managed to speak to the late Datuk Ahmad Daud, Datin Saadiah and also Nasir, who was very excited about the project. Unfortunately, Nasir didn’t live to see this documentary today,” she said. (Nasir passed away in December
My father, the legend: Sazali Ramlee is one of the family members interviewed in P. Ramlee – a 90-minute documentary on the late star to be screened on History over Astro on Sunday.
‘We started our research in 1998,’ says Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba.
Mariani Ismail is happy that there’s now a proper documentary on her brother-in-law.