Papa don’t preach
Afdlin Shauki serves up a sequel to his hit Papadom that subtly gets the audience thinking – while busting a gut laughing.
AFDLIN Shauki’s Papadom proved to be a thought-provoking film for many a parent when it came out four years ago. Parents watching it must have wondered just how far they would go to protect their children. And any child watching it should have realised just how far their parents would go to protect them simply out of love.
The story centred on widower Saadom (Afdlin) and his overprotective ways where daughter Mia (Liyana Jasmay) was concerned. Feeling stifled, she moved to Kuala Lumpur to pursue a course in filmmaking and, of course, Papa panicked at the thought.
His plans to stay close to Mia landed him in a series of unlikely and comical situations, including falling in love with her lecturer Prof Balqis (Vanidah Imran).
Papadom also made a huge impact at the 22nd Malaysian Film Festival, grabbing the best film award as well as acting honours for Afdlin and Liyana.
Its awards and box office takings (RM3.37mil) proved the doubters wrong. Now Afdlin, 42, is back with a sequel entitled – what else – Papadom 2.
He and Liyana reprise their roles in the new movie, with the story unfolding against the backdrop of a film set where Mia is working as assistant director.
The RM1.8mil production, which like its predecessor is also produced by Tayangan Unggul, continues the story of the relationship between Saadom and his daughter, who is all grown up now.
Upon hearing that Mia is in love and preparing to marry the man of her dreams, Saadom decides to go undercover at Mia’s workplace to find out the truth about the boy, only to learn that Mia’s love is not what he expects.
Once again, Saadom finds himself challenged, and this makes for some truly hilarious and chaotic scenes.
Apart from familiar faces such as Afdlin, Liyana, Vanida Imran, Pete Teo, Scha Alyahya, Noorkhiriah, Adham Malekh and Chelsia Ng reprising their roles, Papadom 2 also adds several new and colourful characters to its cast played by Riezman Khuzaimie, Khir Rahman, Hans Isaac, Dira Abu Zahar and Adlin Aman Ramlie.
If the gala screening last week was anything to go by, the sequel promises to have audiences howling with laughter – there are even delightful spoofs of some recent mov- ies – and maybe shedding a few tears, too. A big box office haul seems like a reasonable expectation.
Behind the comedy and heart-rending moments is a subtle message that Afdlin wants to get across. Instead of being preachy, however, he tries to get us thinkiing about our own relationships with our loved ones.
For Afdlin himself, the film still gets him tear-eyed even after multiple viewings.
“While I was directing, all I wanted to do was to see the end product. But when I saw it on screen with ... (all) the elements such as the music, and emotions being displayed, it made me feel really grateful for and thankful to my family for being my inspiration for this movie,” said Afdlin, a father of three daughters aged between three and 14.
He felt that the Papadom movies stand out in Malaysian cinema because they deal with the relationship between children and their parents, and vice versa. “If you look around, (there is) no local film addressing family matters and I believe that’s the unique thing about this movie,” he said after the premiere.
Liyana, 25, was beyond excited when she learned of the sequel, because her character would not only be a working adult, but would also have a boyfriend!
Afdlin recalled Liyana’s reaction to the prospect of Mia’s romantic liaison in the movie.
“She gave me a long list of actors who she would like to play her boyfriend. You know, all the young and good-looking actors,” said Afdlin.
“And then I gave her a really big surprise (in terms of the actor playing her boyfriend),” he added, before bursting into laughter.
Liyana said she was surprised by the name but much to her delight, she quickly discovered that the two of them had great chemistry on screen.
“I learned a lot from him as he is an experienced actor and, trust me, it was really fun,” said the talented Liyana, who is now two months pregnant with her first child.
Singer-songwriter Pete Teo, 41, was more than happy to reprise his role as Uncle Alan (Saadom’s close friend).
“Working with Afdlin was always fun. And when he told me that I would have more scenes in Papadom 2 I was really excited. But honestly, I was feeling the pressure this time around due to the filming schedule and I think it took me about 20 days to shoot my scenes.
“Yeah, it was really funny when I was told that my character would have a crush on a young girl,” said Teo, recently back from working on some projects in London – which, unfortunately, caused him to miss the premiere.
“I will definitely watch it in the cinema when it opens ... I really hope people will like it because we had so much fun making it,” he said.
Papadom 2 is now showing in cinemas nationwide.
in a funny and subtle way, afdlin Shauki makes us think about our own
relationships with our loved ones in Undercover dad: Uncle alan (Pete Teo), mia (Liyana Jasmay) and Saadom (afdlin Shauki) in a confrontational scene on the film set where mia is working.
mia (Liyana Jasmay) is all grown up now and feeling torn between her over-protective father and living her own life.