Den­dam Aurora

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ASTRO has been ex­per­i­ment­ing with pro­duc­ing long-run­ning soap op­eras, be­gin­ning with the 137episode Me­mori Cinta Su­raya in 2015. The for­mat must be work­ing as a new 100-episode soap opera, Den­dam Aurora, just pre­miered. And from the looks of its first few episodes, the series is quite promis­ing.

Den­dam Aurora – an adap­ta­tion of Ital­ian te­len­ov­ela Tus­can Pas­sion – cen­tres on Aurora, played by Na­bila Huda, who has just been re­leased from prison. She spent eight years be­hind bars for killing her boyfriend Har­ris’ (Ungku Is­mail Aziz) father. But things aren’t as they seem; Aurora was framed for his mur­der.

Not only was her free­dom robbed, she re­turns home and finds her fam­ily’s tea busi­ness bank­rupt.

Aurora’s im­pris­on­ment tar­nished its rep­u­ta­tion, los­ing most of their busi­ness to a com­peti­tor, run by ... wait for it ... Har­ris!

As the show re­volves around the tea busi­ness, nat­u­rally it’s set in Cameron High­lands, which gives rise to some pic­turesque sights. The scenes that take place in the tea plan­ta­tions are par­tic­u­larly breath­tak­ing.

Be­ing a 100-episode long series, I was wor­ried Den­dam Aurora’s sto­ry­line may have been dragged out. But quite a lot ac­tu­ally hap­pens in each of the episodes I’ve seen.

There are so many ques­tions raised: If Aurora didn’t kill Har­ris’ father, who did? Why did the per­pe­tra­tors want to kill him? And de­spite their ha­tred to­wards each other be­cause of what hap­pened years ago, do I sense a lit­tle ro­mance go­ing on be­tween Aurora and Har­ris now?

Den­dam Aurora airs week­days at 6pm on Astro Prima (Ch 105) dan Maya HD (Ch 135).

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