A per­fect match

Os­man ali strikes gold with the won­der­fully and de­cep­tively light ro­man­tic com­edy Se­joli.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SHOWBIZ - By AIDIL RUSLI en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

when the last film you’ve made is the box-of­fice be­he­moth that was Om­bak Rindu and you can also count films like Cun and Jiwa Taiko as part of your fil­mog­ra­phy, it’s easy to for­get that di­rec­tor Os­man Ali was once a se­ri­ous artist mak­ing crit­i­cally ac­claimed films like Bukak Api and Malaikat Di Jen­dela.

Mak­ing a ro­man­tic com­edy as his next film is prob­a­bly not go­ing to change that mis­per­cep­tion, at least not in pass­ing. But a deeper look into this sweet, touch­ing and quite hi­lar­i­ous Valen­tine re­lease will re­veal an im­pres­sive level of crafts­man­ship from not only Os­man as the writer-di­rec­tor, but also from lead ac­tors Bront Palarae, Maya Karin, Remy Ishak, Izara Aishah and sup­port­ing play­ers Dira Abu Za­har and Azad Jas­min.

We’ve all seen our fair share of ro­man­tic come­dies that by now we would be fa­mil­iar with the me­chan­ics of the (pre­dictable) plot. Os­man’s lat­est film Se­joli, un­sur­pris­ingly, doesn’t of­fer much in terms of its plot which tells the tale of a boy (Joe, played by Bront) and a girl (Gina, played by Maya) who team up to sab­o­tage the up­com­ing mar­riage of their exes nita (Izara Aishah) and hardy (Remy Ishak), who hap­pened to dump them for each other.

What the film lacks in sur­prises, though, it more than makes up for in terms of ef­fort­less ro­man­tic chem­istry be­tween the ac­tors, sparkling comic di­a­logue and some truly bit- ter­sweet home truths about friends, lovers and ex-lovers.

At the film’s gala pre­miere last week, Os­man talked about how he man­aged to achieve that sort of chem­istry needed for a ro­man­tic com­edy.

“We re­hearsed for about two weeks prior to film­ing, but since Bront, Maya and Remy all al­ready knew each other and are quite close friends in real life, we just mostly worked on try­ing to nail that ro­man­tic chem­istry be­tween them so that it’ll turn out be­liev­able on screen,” ex­plained Os­man.

The di­rec­tor added that the dif­fi­culty he faced was en­sur­ing the chem­istry be­tween Izara, the youngest mem­ber in the main cast, and the male leads to be be­liev­able.

“We needed to make the chem­istry be­tween her and Bront and Remy ac­tu­ally ro­man­tic rather than the kind of brother and sis­ter re­la­tion­ship that they have in real life.”

Re­act­ing to that, Izara said that she was sim­ply happy to be in­volved in the film since she’s a big fan of Os­man.

Also, as a new­comer in the lo­cal film scene, Izara is thrilled for the chance to act along­side es­tab­lished names like Remy, Bront and Maya.

Apart from the strong main cast, Os­man also hired Dira Abu Za­har and Azad Jas­min (giv­ing an­other eye-catch­ing per­for­mance af­ter his break­out turn in Kolumpo) in sup­port­ing roles. These two ac­tors add to the comic quo­tient.

Isn’t six strong char­ac­ters in a ro­man­tic com­edy one too many?

Os­man said that dur­ing the writ­ing (and even re­hearsal) stage, he would make it a point to not let any sin­gle char­ac­ter out­shine an­other. If one ac­tu­ally did, then he’d re­write the script; his in­ten­tion was to make these char­ac­ters as dif­fer­ent and dis­tin­guish­able from each other as pos­si­ble to give the film a bit more colour.

What about the film’s ti­tle then, Se­joli, which co­in­ci­den­tally shares the same ti­tle as an old P. Ram­lee film? Os­man ex­plained that his film is def­i­nitely not a trib­ute or re­make of that film, but said that he chose to use the word ‘Se­joli’ (which roughly means ‘per­fect match’) as the film’s ti­tle be­cause it car­ries two mean­ings – not only are Joe and Gina the per­fect match to sab­o­tage nita and hardy’s wed­ding, but they’re also per­fect for each other.

Se­joli opens in cin­e­mas na­tion­wide to­mor­row.

Re­play: ac­tors bront Palarae and Maya Karin take a look at the dailies with di­rec­tor Os­man ali in Se­joli.

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