Re­port­ing for duty

Rani Kulup makes his act­ing de­but and plans to # kip­i­dap.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - By ANGELIN YEOH en­ter­tain­ment@ thes­tar. com. my Kip­i­dapp: Se­la­matkan Hari Jadi is cur­rently show­ing at cin­e­mas na­tion­wide. For GSC show­times, turn to P17.

IT was re­ported in Fe­bru­ary this year that Rani Kulup is tak­ing a break from mak­ing po­lice re­ports. Yes, the man no­to­ri­ous for fil­ing po­lice re­ports about protests and neg­a­tive so­cial me­dia post­ings has de­cided to take time out. ( He proudly claimed that he has wrote up to 1,000 re­ports since 2011.)

Rani who is the pres­i­dent of Marta­bat Jali­nan Muhib­bah Malaysia ( MJMM) wants to fo­cus on other gigs such as busi­ness and act­ing.

As it turns out, he was not kid­ding about act­ing. The 60- year- old for­mer mil­i­tary man makes his movie de­but in Kip­i­dapp: Se­la­matkan Hari Jadi, a com­edy by MIG Pro­duc­tions.

At the movie pre­miere in Kuala Lumpur re­cently, Rani – who was sport­ing his trade­mark red beret and mil­i­tary out­fit – shared that it was a dream come true.

“I’ve al­ways had in­ter­est in act­ing,” he said. “When pro­ducer David Teo of­fered me the role, I didn’t hes­i­tate at all. I told him I can do any­thing. I’m not scared! If he wants me to dive into wa­ter or per­form any other stunts, I have no prob­lem.”

In the movie, Rani plays Tok Daddy, a char­ac­ter who is not that dif­fer­ent from Rani, where his job and out­fits are con­cerned.

Tok Daddy is some­one who spews trade­mark catch­phrases such as “kip­i­dap” and “don­gibap”. Ev­ery morn­ing, he says good­bye to his wife ( Nanny Rockie played by Kartina Aziz) be­fore go­ing to Dang Wangi to make po­lice re­ports. His mil­i­tary back­ground in­flu­ences what he names his horses. Oh, and he never re­moves his sun­glasses – not even when he’s watch­ing TV with his grand­chil­dren at home.

( If you’re cu­ri­ous about why he doesn’t take off his sun­glasses, it’s ex­plained in the movie.)

Kip­i­dapp: Se­la­matkan Hari Jadi also stars Atikah Suhaime as a lawyer who seeks out her grand­par­ents ( Tok Daddy and Nanny) af­ter a nasty breakup. Ac­cord­ing to Rani, the movie’s theme res­onates with the cause of his non- gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion MJMM.

“The movie high­lights the im­por­tance of fam­ily val­ues and com­mu­nity life which is what we’ve been fight­ing for. We want Malaysia and its peo­ple to thrive in a peace­ful en­vi­ron­ment.”

Pro­ducer Teo praised Rani’s ded­i­ca­tion and dis­ci­pline as an ac­tor. He said: “He’s al­ways on time. If the call time is 8am, Rani will be there at 7am. I have to say his ded­i­ca­tion is bet­ter than some of the younger ac­tors I’ve worked with. He also worked closely with Kartina and the di­rec­tor Eyra Rah­man for guid­ance.”

Rani hopes the movie will change peo­ple’s per­cep­tion about him.

“I feel like ev­ery­one just knows me as Raja Re­port Po­lice Malaysia ( coun­try’s ‘ po­lice re­port king’). With this movie, they can see that I’m more than that. I can be en­ter­tain­ing too. I also hope to start di­rect­ing my own thing one day. Maybe do a doc­u­men­tary.”

He re­vealed that he has re­ceived two other act­ing of­fers, in­clud­ing a pro­duc­tion with Datuk Yu­sof Haslam.

Would Rani start feel­ing glam­orous now that he has the po­ten­tial to be a movie star?

“Dah lama glam­our dah ( I’ve al­ways been glam­orous). The news­pa­pers have been writ­ing sto­ries about me and I’ve been fea­tured on TV. With this movie, I’ll just be more fa­mous,” he an­swered with a laugh.

1 Tok daddy hatches up a plan to sur­prise his grand­daugh­ter with a birth­day party.

2 rani makes his act­ing de­but in Kip­i­dapp: Se­la­matkan Hari

Jadi. he cred­its co- star Kartina for pa­tiently guid­ing him through the process.

3 Kartina plays the wife to Tok daddy ( rani). — Pho­tos: MIG

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