FOR THE NINETIES GEN­ER­A­TION

Prestige Indonesia - - It Actress -

here, the Petualangan She­rina mu­si­cal movie was as im­por­tant as Hol­ly­wood block­busters like Ju­manji,

E.T. and the Star Wars films. Watched by 1.1 mil­lion movie go­ers in Indonesia, the film shot lit­tle She­rina Mu­naf to star­dom.

Eigh­teen years later, the multi-tal­ented singer, song­writer, and ac­tress is right back in the spot­light, thanks to her per­for­mance as Ang­gini in

Wiro Sableng: Pen­dekar Naga Maut Naga Geni 212, a fan­tasy-ac­tion movie based on the novel se­ries by Bas­tian Tito. She stars with Vino G. Bas­tian, as Wiro Sableng, Mar­sha Ti­mothy (Bi­dadari An­gin Timur) and Fariz Al­farazi (Bu­jang Gila Ta­pak Sakti).

How did the ad­ven­ture be­gin? “Ev­ery­thing started when I was seven years old,” says 28-year-old She­rina. “I saw singers and dancers on TV, was also ob­ss­esed with the clas­si­cal Dis­ney movies and I dreamt of be­ing free and ex­pres­sive like them. Watch­ing tal­ented singers per­form was fas­ci­nat­ing. But at that time my par­ents didn’t want me to go into en­ter­tain­ment. They told me: ‘Don’t do it, Sher. Fo­cus on your stud­ies’.”

“They de­cided to send me to a mu­sic school founded by the late Elfa Se­cio­ria to at­tend singing classes. Dur­ing my lessons, Elfa heard my voice, and men­tioned about the chil­dren’s songs he had writ­ten. He of­fered me to sing his amaz­ing songs and have them all recorded into one al­bum.”

Re­al­is­ing that his daugh­ter was tal­ented in mu­sic, her fa­ther , Tri­awan Mu­naf, col­lab­o­rated with Mira Les­mana to pro­duce Petualangan She­rina. “Be­ing on the set of one of the best chil­dren’s mu­si­cal movies in Indonesia was cer­tainly an un­for­get­table mem­ory, es­pe­cially to be able to ex­pe­ri­ence it dur­ing my child­hood years, it had shaped the way I per­son­ally view many things in life. I feel very grate­ful to be sur­rounded with so much cre­ativ­ity” says She­rina. “On top of that the songs are beau­ti­ful and time­less.

“Be­ing a child, I didn’t un­der­stand ev­ery­thing that was go­ing on at the time. But it was amaz­ing to ob­serve di­rec­tor, Riri Riza, and with re­spected ac­tors, such as Mathias Muchus, Didi Petet, Butet Kartared­jasa, Ratna Riantiarno and fel­low kid Derby Romero. The movie is of course show­ered with great val­ues about friend­ship, fam­ily, I guess ‘ed­u­ca­tional’ for kids, but most im­por­tantly it was en­ter­tain­ing! And the mem­o­ries would surely linger with ev­ery kid from that gen­er­a­tion who watched it.”

Since her big break­through as a child star, She­rina fo­cused on her pro­duc­ing al­bums, com­pos­ing and singing “Ku Ba­ha­gia” for Laskar Pe­langi movie, “Cinta Per­tama dan Ter­akhir” and “Se­belum­nya Se­la­manya”. She sang with Westlife on “I Have a Dream” in 2002. She stud­ied abroad in Ja­pan and some­how ex­ceeded her luck by singing for a Stu­dio Ghi­bli pro­duc­tion, an academy award win­ning an­i­ma­tion stu­dio in Ja­pan.

And then the un­ex­pected op­por­tu­nity to be in Wiro Sableng came along. “Ac­tu­ally, I’d heard be­fore the pro­duc­tion started that Life­like Pic­tures and Fox In­ter­na­tional Pro­duc­tion were go­ing to make the Wiro Sableng story into a movie,” says She­rina.

“I heard the movie would use the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and in­volve tal­ented peo­ple in the movie in­dus­try, so I knew I would re­ally want to see it. When I was in Ja­pan I had be­come very in­ter­ested in an­i­ma­tion and sto­ry­telling, whether from comics, car­toons or movies. But it didn’t cross my mind that I might be in it!

“To make a long story short, I was talk­ing with Lala (Sheila) Ti­mothy about the cur­rent state of Indonesia’s movie in­dus­try. Was there any place to learn deeply about act­ing? It was a re­ward­ing con­ver­sa­tion, and then it turned even more ex­cit­ing when she men­tion­ing her plans with the Wiro Sableng movie. I was truly sur­prised when I was con­sid­ered to play the role Ang­gini. At first, I was re­luc­tant, know­ing my lack of ex­pe­ri­ence in the movies, how­ever the more I heard about the story, the art con­cept and the peo­ple who were in­volved in it, it turned out that cu­rios­ity won over my in­se­cu­ri­ties about act­ing.”

Play­ing Ang­gini the war­rior was chal­leng­ing, although she had learned Wushu in the past. “The whole ex­pe­ri­ence, start­ing with the pre­pro­duc­tion phase, took five to six months. We prac­ticed pen­cak silat and ac­tion chore­og­ra­phy with Yayan Ruhiyan ev­ery day, from 10 am to 5 pm. Then, at night, we started read­ing and get­ting closer to the other char­ac­ters to build chem­istry.

“The shoot­ing process took two to three months. It wasn’t easy to shoot in the for­est be­cause the weather was so un­pre­dictable. Some­times it was sunny, but a few hours later it could be hard rain­ing. Then, of course there were the un­usual but amaz­ing cos­tumes de­signed by Adrianto Si­naga.

“Af­ter the shoot­ing was done, we had to do sev­eral pro­mo­tions. This took a long time, but it was a good ex­pe­ri­ence to meet with peo­ple who were re­ally en­thu­si­as­tic about the movie.”

She­rina is proud of Wiro Sableng. “I’m very grate­ful for the chance to get in­volved in huge movie pro­duc­tions be­cause not all ac­tors can have the same op­por­tu­nity,” she says. “Some­times I felt like an im­pos­tor on the set. But at the end of the day, I ac­cepted and learned from the ex­pe­ri­ence. As with Petualangan She­rina, I felt lucky and had a lot of fun. The teams on the new movie were amaz­ing, the best. The artis­tic peo­ple, the CGI team, the pro­duc­tion de­sign­ers - ev­ery­one was driven by pas­sion. It was a very in­spir­ing mo­ment.”

“I’M VERY GRATE­FUL FOR THE CHANCE TO GET IN­VOLVED IN HUGE MOVIE PRO­DUC­TIONS BE­CAUSE NOT ALL AC­TORS CAN HAVE THE SAME OP­POR­TU­NITY” SHE­RINA MU­NAF

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