Watch some of our tal­ented young­sters do their thing on the TV show Kau Dan Aku.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FRONT PAGE - by nASA mARIA EnTAbAn nasa@thes­tar.com.my

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.

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