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.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - By AZHARIAH KAMIN en­ter­tain­ment@thes­ Pa­padom2.

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.

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