Rekin­dling ro­mance

Erra Fazira and Awie are back to­gether on the big screen for Warna Cinta Impian.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - By MUM­TAJ BEGUM en­ter­tain­ment@ thes­tar. com. my Warna Cinta Impian opens at cin­e­mas na­tion­wide today. For GSC show­times,

THE last time the once- en­gaged cou­ple Erra Fazira and Awie were on the big screen to­gether was 20 years ago in the film Tragedi Ok­to­ber.

The first time they worked to­gether was in the 1994 film Sem­bilu which also spawned a se­quel a year later. Around the same pe­riod too, the two stars got en­gaged be­fore break­ing it off in 1998.

Now they can be seen to­gether again in the film Warna Cinta Impian.

At a press con­fer­ence to pro­mote the film, it’s ob­vi­ous 42- year- old Erra and 47- year- old Awie have put their past be­hind to be­come friends and col­leagues.

While Erra and Awie play sec­ondary roles to the younger lead cast – Er­win Shah and Shiqin Ka­mal – in this film, they prove to be a valu­able ad­di­tion to the story. As though art im­i­tates life, the char­ac­ters they play also have a ro­man­tic past that ended in a tragedy. Ahem.

First- time di­rec­tor N. S. Kr­ishna said he couldn’t see any­one else in the roles of the el­der sib­lings to the main cou­ple other than Erra and Awie. Ab­so­lutely elated with their agree­ment to star in the film to­gether, Kr­ishna made sure the shoot was set around Awie and Erra’s avail­able sched­ules.

Awie ac­knowl­edged this fact: “We kept trou­bling ev­ery­one with our busy sched­ules. I apol­o­gise for that and am truly grate­ful for ev­ery­one ac­com­mo­dat­ing to us.”

How­ever for 27- year- old Er­win, it was a dream come true to shoot with these veteran ac­tors. “They are leg­ends – we have watched them in movies since we were young – but they were very ca­sual and help­ful. It made the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment very com­fort­able and re­laxed,” said Er­win who is mak­ing his film de­but with Warna Cinta Impian.

Mean­while Erra ad­mit­ted that she was drawn to the role be­cause it brings a nos­tal­gic feel to the Sem­bilu days. “For the sake of nos­tal­gia, why not? Di­rec­tor Kr­ishna and pro­ducer Ravin­dran ( Govin­dasamy) were also very open to our sug­ges­tions to what our char­ac­ters would be like and where our char­ac­ters would be. So I felt no rea­son not to say yes to the film,” the ac­tress ex­plained.

De­spite want­ing the Sem­bilu con­nec­tion, it was equally cru­cial to Awie and Erra to make sure the char­ac­ters in the new film stand apart too. For one, Erra’s char­ac­ter is not named Wati ( like in Sem­bilu).

Awie added: “Al­though our char­ac­ters no longer has a re­la­tion­ship when they meet again in the film, I felt it was im­por­tant that the pres­ence of their past re­la­tion­ship reg­is­ters with the au­di­ence.”

The RM2.7mil- bud­geted film starts off with the mar­riage of Daniel ( Er­win) and Diana ( Shiqin), ar­ranged by Diana’s brother Awie who be­lieve they are well- matched.

Sens­ing nei­ther is keen on the other, Awie then plans for the young cou­ple to spend some time to­gether in Jaipur, In­dia. Un­known to Awie, both Daniel and Diana still haven’t got­ten over their re­spec­tive for­mer lovers. When things turn for the worse, Erra and Awie try to coun­sel the cou­ple. But the bumps on the road keep get­ting worse.

While it re­mains to be seen if the young cou­ple will get a happy end­ing in Warna Cinta Impian, the film does set the stage for an­other story ... one that in­volves Erra and Awie.

Erra, who is a two- time Best Ac­tress win­ner at the Malaysia Film Festival, teased: “If this film does well, there is a fu­ture plan ( for an­other film in­volv­ing Awie and my char­ac­ter).”

Awie and Erra may play the sec­ondary roles in Warna Cinta Impian, but they are the film’s big stars. — SHAARI CHEMAT/ The Star

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