Watch some of our talented youngsters do their thing on the TV show Kau Dan Aku.
ANITH Aqilah Sulaiman gazes into a dressing room mirror as she prepares herself for the performance of a lifetime. As a singer, this sort of preparation is nothing new to Anith – she would go on stage looking picture perfect, hit all the right notes, focus on getting her dance moves right, bow to the audiences’ applause and be done for the day.
However, this time, Anith knows that there is so much riding on these last few moments, because in a few weeks, these final scenes will cement her debut into the world of acting and television.
In a few minutes, the director yells ‘cut!’ and around 20 cast and crew members hurriedly prepare for the next scene of Kau dan Aku.
Kau dan Aku, the popular Astro Ria family show is wrapping up the last of its second season’s scenes, and these moments are crucial for Anith and the rest of the cast and crew.
The cast and crew do several takes for each scene, filmed in Multimedia University Cyberjaya, before moving on to the next scene, and then the next. Sometimes these shoots take up to 10 hours.
The young cast members take it all in their stride, rehearsing their lines, lyrics and movies while waiting patiently for their turns on camera.
The wholesome family series follows the lives of students in a performing arts school, which is not that different from 19-year-old Anith’s life.
“I guess you could say it’s exactly the same as my real life,” says the actress, who is taking a year’s break from her vocal studies in Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan (ASWARA) to film the television series, “Almost everything you watch on the show happens in real life in a performing arts school, except without the intense drama,” she says with a giggle.
Kau Dan Aku follows the lives of talented young performing arts students in the fictitious world of Sekolah Harmoni, as they go through gruelling schedules, peer pressure and regular issues faced by youngsters. The show has been likened to American TV show Glee, but the cast say the premise is a little closer to that of the musical Fame.
Season Two begins with a new school year for the students of Sekolah Harmoni, with each student having chosen a major — music and vocal, or dance and performing arts.
The two camps, headed by good boy Akim and bad boy Aril, are faced with a new set of challenges and opportunities to upstage each other.
Newcomer Elena (played by Anith), quickly establishes herself as the female lead to beat, much to the dislike of Farah (Raja Farah Raja Aziz), the current queen bee.
The school’s new principal, Tahir Latif (Zulkifli Zain), is putting pressure on the students to excel in the inter-school competition, so he hires Daniel Abdullah (Tony Eusoff) to get the kids into tip-top condition.
However, Daniel is more interested in developing the student’s talents than the recognition winning the competition will bring for the school.
The first season garnered a substantial fan following, thanks in part to the inclusion of several Akademi Fantasia alumni in the cast lineup.
The top three winners from the reality show’s seventh season feature in the show: first-runner up Khairil Azam Pilus, 25, plays Aril while second runner up Afiq Akim plays his arch rival Akim. Playing the joker in the school is eventual winner Mohd Hafiz Bin Mohd Suip.
Anith was the youngest contestant on One in a Million season 3, finishing ninth.
Malaysian viewers will be able to experience just how hugely talented the young actors and singers are through Kau Dan Aku via a different channel than the usual reality singing competition.
For Khairil it was important to put all that talent out there, in a different setting.
“There’s something for everyone in Kau Dan Aku,” explains Khairil. “We all sing, act, and dance. I’m happy that through this show, Malaysians will get a glimpse of the talent that is out there.”
Dance routines and sudden bursts of chorus singing are aplenty in the series, which many of the cast members are comfortable taking on. Acting, however is a lot more challenging, and a skill they all admit they need to brush up on. But they know they can rely on Raja Farah for advice because she is one of the actors with the most acting experience on the show. She has been a familiar face on television and the silver screen since 2001.
“The cast have a great relationship with one another; we help each other out and I feel honoured when they ask me things,” says the 22-year-old actress and host who is getting married this month.
Her character Farah is your typical spoilt-little-rich-girl, who will go to great lengths to get what she wants.
“In the first season she was pretty ruthless, playing mean tricks on her schoolmates, which bordered on the physical. This season, however, she takes on a different approach by singlehandedly turning everyone against Elena,” explains Farah, who insists she is nothing like
Music, drama and life lessons are the focus of the second season of Kau&Aku, a wholesome series about performing arts students which stars(from left) Mohd Hafiz Mohd Suip, Amar Mohd Baharin, Anith Aqilah Sulaiman, Putri Fateen Nasuha, Ika Nabila, Anita Baharom, Farish Aziz and Khairil Azam Pilus.
In KaudanAku, (from left) Putri Fateen Nasuha, Ika Nabila and Anita Baharom star as talented performers dreaming of making their mark in the performing arts industry.