Risky busi­ness

Ac­tress Ris­teena Mu­nim dons a fat suit for 12 hours for TV role.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By KENNETH CHAW en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

AC­TRESS Ris­teena Mu­nim nearly fainted on the set of TV drama Gaduh-Gaduh Sayang.

In the 26-episode rom-com (cur­rently air­ing Fri­days to Sun­days at 7pm on TV1), Ris­teena plays the daugh­ter of a wealthy fam­ily, Syazana, who is forced to marry Rafiqi (Shukri Ya­haya), the son of another af­flu­ent fam­ily.

But both Syazana and Rafiqi don’t want to marry each other. De­ter­mined to turn each other off, they come up with cre­ative ways – she de­cides to wear a fat suit while he puts on fake crooked teeth and sports a bulging belly.

“That was a real chal­lenge.

I had la­tex on my face and I had to wear a fat suit that was made of very thick ma­te­ri­als. It was re­ally hot.

“As I had the suit on for 12 hours, I got so tired. I felt light­headed and dizzy, and nearly fainted. It was such a chal­lenge just to go toilet!” she says.

Even so, Ris­teena says play­ing Syazana was a good ex­pe­ri­ence and she is grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity.

The 27-year-old ac­tress, who rose to promi­nence af­ter star­ring in 2013’s Play­boy

Itu Suami Aku op­po­site Fat­tah Amin, has been step­ping out of her com­fort zone quite a bit lately. Ris­teena says she’s gen­er­ally a wimp yet she will be star­ring in the up­com­ing hor­ror flick, Blok 404, a re­boot of a lo­cal film of the same name re­leased on VCD in 2003.

“I’m a scaredy-cat. That’s why I’ve never taken on roles in hor­ror films un­til now. For Blok 404, there were a lot of night shoots at lo­ca­tions that looked pretty scary. But in the end, it turned out OK. It wasn’t too dif­fi­cult.”

One of the rea­sons why Ris­teena put aside her fears and took up the job was the fact that she is a fan of the orig­i­nal movie.

“When I first heard about the project, I went, ‘What Blok 404? Isn’t this the fa­mous film I saw when I was a kid? Now I get to be a part of this movie?’ I got re­ally ex­cited,” she says.

Blok 404 , slated for re­lease at the end of the year, cen­tres ona cou­ple (played by Amar Asyraf and Na­dia Brian) on va­ca­tion at a guest­house and the mys­te­ri­ous go­ings-on that take place there.

“Some con­flicts be­gin to rise when the cou­ple checks in and be­cause Misha works there as a care­taker, she is dragged in to the con­flict as well,” she says of her char­ac­ter.

Af­ter Blok 404 , view­ers will be see­ing the ac­tress on the big screen again, hav­ing re­cently com­pleted film­ing the ac­tion movie, Qhaliq, which chron­i­cles the life of fire­fight­ers.

“Be­ing a fire­fighter isn’t easy, I signed on to this role be­cause I wanted to show peo­ple the sac­ri­fices a fire­fighter makes,” shares Ris­teena who plays the daugh­ter of a fire­fighter in the film.

“Qhaliq fo­cuses on their work, their sac­ri­fices, how they risk their lives for oth­ers, and their re­la­tion­ships with their fam­ily.”

— In­sta­gram

Ris­teena put on a fat suit for her role in Gaduh-Gaduh Sayang.

Photo: MUHAMAD SHAHRIL ROSLI/The Star

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