A woman’s strength

Prestige Indonesia - Lifestyle - - CONTENTS - PHO­TOG­RA­PHER Denny Tjank STYLING Peter Zewet STORY clarissa san­toso

ATIQAH HASI­HOLAN takes on the role of Fira Ba­suki in her lat­est movie, Cinta Se­la­manya, an adap­ta­tion of Fira Ba­suki’s novel Fira and Hafez. “Fira is a unique char­ac­ter,” says the gor­geous ac­tress. “Her story is very touch­ing”

When I am act­ing, I just live the mo­ment and the sce­nario,” says atiqah hasi­holan. “act­ing is about em­pa­thy, and it is done through care­ful in­tel­lec­tual and emo­tional anal­y­sis.” atiqah plays the role of Fira Ba­suki in her most re­cent project, Cinta Se­la­manya (2015), a film adap­ta­tion of Fira Ba­suki’s novel Fira and Hafez. “Fira is a unique char­ac­ter. What I find ex­em­plary is her ex­tra­or­di­nary strength af­ter her hus­band’s pass­ing. her story is very touch­ing. It’s a ma­ture kind of ro­mance, which isn’t some­thing you come across very of­ten in In­done­sian movies.”

this is not the first time atiqah has por­trayed a strong and am­bi­tious fe­male char­ac­ter. In Ruma Maida (2009), di­rected by teddy Soeriaatmadja, she played maida, an ide­al­is­tic young woman strug­gling to build a charity school. the film re­volves around the ef­forts of a true cit­i­zen fight­ing for a bet­ter society.

the holder of a Bach­e­lor of arts de­gree in me­dia and Psy­chol­ogy from monash Univer­sity, mel­bourne, atiqah re­veals de­tails about one of the most chal­leng­ing roles she has taken on - her role as Likas in the movie 3 Nafas Likas (2014), a touch­ing bi­o­graph­i­cal mo­tion pic­ture about the life of Likas, wife of Djamin gint­ings, a na­tional hero from north­ern Su­ma­tra. “this is a story of per­se­ver­ance, of a woman’s strength that al­lows her to sur­vive even in the tough­est of times,” says atiqah. “ev­ery part an ac­tor plays has its unique chal­lenges, and I con­sider my role as Likas as one of the hard­est I have faced. the big­gest chal­lenge was to por­tray a sin­gle char­ac­ter in three dif­fer­ent life stages – from when she was 16 to the time she turns 50, from the years 1930 to 1970. I had to start from learn­ing the phys­i­cal as­pect, one of which was the Karonese (West Su­ma­tra) ac­cent, and the emo­tional. I had to prac­tice a lot, and I got to learn de­vel­op­men­tal psy­chol­ogy from the teenage years through the pro­gres­sive years.”

the capri­corn beauty goes on: “I’m very thank­ful for a lot of things that hap­pened to me in 2014. I’ve worked re­ally hard. I took this role also be­cause of the peo­ple be­hind the pro­duc­tion. I’ve al­ways wanted to work with the direc­tor (Rako Pri­janto, who won the FFI ci­tra award for Best Direc­tor in 2013). I’ve worked with (writer) ti­tien (Wat­ti­mena) more than once be­fore, and I’ve al­ways loved her work. Play­ing Likas was a chal­lenge I felt I needed to em­brace in or­der to grow in my ca­reer. as an ac­tress, I trea­sure ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to face such chal­lenges be­cause they make me a bet­ter ac­tor. I learn so much about my­self. that is what’s so in­ter­est­ing about act­ing – you trans­form your­self into some­one else, a dif­fer­ent per­son with a dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter and life cir­cum­stances. and, as much as pos­si­ble, you have to be able to re­late that emo­tion­ally and em­path­i­cally to your own life. You have to be able to sense how the char­ac­ter thinks and feels. I feel that this makes me a more un­der­stand­ing and well­rounded hu­man be­ing.”

atiqah, who is mar­ried to ac­tor Rio De­wanto, be­gan her act­ing ca­reer at teater Satu merah Pang­gung, a theatre group founded by her mother, Ratna Sarumpaet, a hu­man rights ac­tivist and In­done­sian theatre leg­end known for her provoca­tive and po­lit­i­cally themed stage plays. although atiqah has earned nu­mer­ous Fes­ti­val Film In­done­sia nom­i­na­tions and the netpac (net­work for the Pro­mo­tion of asian cin­ema) award for her role in Jamila and the Pres­i­dent (2009), she ad­mits that she did not orig­i­nally plan to fol­low in her mother’s foot­steps.

“Be­cause of my mom’s work in theatre, I’ve al­ways been fa­mil­iar with the world of act­ing,” she says. “Ini­tially, I had no in­ter­est in act­ing as a ca­reer. But af­ter grad­u­at­ing from univer­sity, I tried to be more se­ri­ous about act­ing and I dis­cov­ered that I en­joyed it. at the same time, the In­done­sian film in­dus­try was on the rise, which made act­ing a more promis­ing ca­reer, and that mo­ti­vated me to pur­sue this path. I am of­ten asked this ques­tion, but I don’t have a dream role. I see ev­ery role I’m of­fered as a new set of chal­lenges. I am still young and my pri­or­ity is to im­prove my act­ing skills.”

“You have to be able to sense how the char­ac­ter thinks and feels. I feel that this makes me a more un­der­stand­ing and well-rounded hu­man be­ing”

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