Boys don’t cry

Bo­tak, Daim and Ayam go to the dark side in Ju­vana 3: Per­hi­tun­gan Ter­akhir.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - By ANGELIN YEOH en­ter­tain­ment@ thes­tar. com. my

AF­TER five years, direc­tor Faisal Ishak is ready to say good­bye to Ju­vana with one last ac­tion- packed film.

The 13- episode drama which pre­miered in 2011 has spawned into a movie tril­ogy –

Ju­vana The Movie ( 2013), Ju­vana 2: Ter­perangkap Dalam Ke­be­basan ( 2015) and

fi­nally, open­ing to­day, Ju­vana 3: Per­hi­tun­gan Ter­akhir.

“We’re down to the last steam. I feel sad but at the same time I be­lieve ev­ery­one is ready to move on,” Faisal says dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in Kuala Lumpur.

Ac­tor Zahiril Adzim is thank­ful for the pop­u­lar­ity that he ex­pe­ri­enced through Ju­vana.

He shares how fans of­ten come up to him for pho­tos be­cause they recog­nise him as Daim, the mis­un­der­stood ju­ve­nile delin­quent who tries to turn his life around in Ju­vana.

“I’d shoot a movie in a ru­ral area and this group of women know me as Daim. Young­ster who see me will say ‘ Daim, let’s fight,’” he re­calls.

In Ju­vana 3: Per­hi­tun­gan Ter­akhir, Daim is reel­ing from the death of his girl­friend Sara ( played by Shera Ayob) at the hands of gang­ster Tok Ki ( Pekin Ibrahim).

In the last movie, Daim killed Tok Ki but he is not pre­pared to turn him­self in to the author­ity for the mur­der.

His for­mer war­den Cikgu Raja ( Has­nul Rah­mat) agrees to help Daim cover up the crime. How­ever, Daim is forced to work for Raja man­ag­ing a pros­ti­tu­tion syn­di­cate.

Mean­while, Daim’s friends Bo­tak ( Jo­han As’ari) and Ayam ( Adam Shahz) are trapped as well when Cikgu Raja threat­ens to harm their loved ones if they don’t agree to com­ply with his terms.

Soon, some of them re­sort to ex­ces­sive vi­o­lence and il­licit drugs just to for­get their in­ner tur­moil.

For the un­in­ti­ated, Cikgu Raja is a vil­lain from the TV series. Daim, Bo­tak and Ayam ex­posed Cikgu Raja for em­bez­zling the ju­ve­nile de­ten­tion cen­tre’s funds. How­ever, Cikgu Raja came back for re­venge against the boys in Ju­vana 2. “We have to go deeper and darker for

Ju­vana 3. I want the char­ac­ters to be stuck in a black hole. The rea­son for this movie is for view­ers to see how the boys will crawl out of this mess,” Faisal ex­plains.

Friend­ship will also be tested as Daim some­how blames Bo­tak and Ayam for Sara’s death. Faisal notes how the view­ers will see the char­ac­ters change in Ju­vana 3.

Daim no longer be­lieves in be­ing the peace­maker while Bo­tak and Ayam who started as an­tag­o­nis­tic char­ac­ters have evolved to be­come paci­fists.

The direc­tor gets nos­tal­gic when he re­calls meet­ing his cast for the first time. Faisal “tor­tured” the cast by mak­ing them ex­pe­ri­ence what it’s like to live in a ju­ve­nile de­ten­tion cen­tre at a lo­ca­tion in Hulu Langat, Se­lan­gor.

“I was their drill sergeant. I gave them an early morn­ing call time. I made them march. I made them sleep and eat to­gether. I made it so they will de­velop this sense of ca­ma­raderie that will seem re­al­is­tic on screen,” Faisal says.

The hard work paid off as the cast all agreed they will miss the life- long friend­ship that they have de­vel­oped through Ju­vana.

Adam who earned the award for Best New Ac­tor at the re­cent 28th Malaysia Film Fes­ti­val for his role in Ju­vana 2 is also thank­ful that movies gave him a place in the lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

“I keep get­ting cast for vil­lain­ous roles but I can’t com­plain. With­out Ju­vana, I wouldn’t be here,” Adam says.

So, is this re­ally the end? Faisal ad­mits he has ex­hausted ev­ery pos­si­ble plot for the char­ac­ters but is open to de­vel­op­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of Ju­vana. He says there could be a Ju­vana spin- off with an all fe­male- cast. “Suamiku Bekas Ju­vana, any­one?” Faisal con­cludes with a laugh.

Ju­vana 3: Per­hi­tun­gan Ter­akhir opens at cin­e­mas na­tion­wide to­day. For GSC show­times, turn to P17.

— IBRAHIM MOHTAR/ The Star

Ac­tors ( from left) Adam, Jo­han and Zahiril re­turn for one last time in Ju­vana 3: Per­hi­tun­gan Ter­akhir.

— Hand­out

Bo­tak ( Jo­han) and Ayam ( Adam) are forced to com­mit crimes to en­sure the safety of their loved ones.

— IBRAHIM MOHTAR/ The Star

Direc­tor Faisal teases the pos­si­bil­ity of a

Ju­vana spin- off with an all- fe­male cast.

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