Diana Danielle takes on Pu­teri

Af­ter 13 years, Gol & Gincu re­turns with a re­boot, star­ring the mother of two in the lead role, writes Syahi­rah Mokhtazar

New Straits Times - - LIFE & TIMES - Syahi­rah.mokhtazar@nst.com.my

SOME no­table stars in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try to­day like Nur Fazura Shar­i­fud­din, Sazzy Falak and Ashraf Sin­clair will al­ways be syn­ony­mous with Gol & Gincu — 2005 film and TV se­ries which ran from 2006 to 2007, and di­rected by Bernard Chauly.

Movie­go­ers still re­mem­ber the film about a spoilt girl named Pu­teri (Fazura) who is de­ter­mined to win back her boyfriend Eddy (Ashraf) by tak­ing up fut­sal, a sport he is crazy about.

The film cre­ated a pop cul­ture phe­nom­e­non and it con­tin­ues to be re­garded as an iconic movie de­spite its sim­ple story.

Fast for­ward to to­day, the film­mak­ers of the orig­i­nal movie, Red Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, has an­nounced a re­boot, Gol & Gincu Vol. 2.

But it will fea­ture a new cast while main­tain­ing only a cou­ple of its orig­i­nal mem­bers like Sazzy Falak and Sharifah Amani.

Diana Danielle and Ummi Nazeera take on the lead role as Zak and Zakiah re­spec­tively while the role of hero goes to Shafiq Kyle.

NOT A SE­QUEL

Many as­sumed that the re­boot is a se­quel to the orig­i­nal movie, but its pro­ducer Lina Tan stressed that the sto­ry­line dif­fers from its pre­de­ces­sor. The sec­ond movie fol­lows the lives of self-cen­tred Zak and Zakiah. They think the world re­volves around them.

The story sees a twist when the two get caught up in a cat fight wit­nessed and filmed by their col­lege peers.

The videos go vi­ral and both face dis­ci­plinary ac­tion by the univer­sity, and their punishment is com­mu­nity ser­vice. When they head to a home for trou­bled youths man­aged by Ji­jie (Amani), con­flicts arise be­tween them when they try to help Ji­jie and the trou­bled teens.

“The re­boot high­lights cur­rent so­cial prob­lems faced by youths, which sur- rounds the abuse of so­cial me­dia,” said Tan.

Diana who plays Pu­teri, the role which pre­vi­ously played by Fazura, said that she could never outshine Mrs Fat­tah Amin. How­ever, she knows that peo­ple are bound to com­pare them even­tu­ally.

“I can’t stop that from hap­pen­ing but they need to know that this isn’t a se­quel. I’m not try­ing to com­pete with any­one, I can never outdo Faz be­cause it’s she who made Pu­teri iconic,” said the mother of two who is a close buddy of Fazura.

LOVE AS THE MAIN THEME

“The main theme of this film is rel­e­vant to the times. It talks about the abuse of so­cial me­dia and we tend to be too re­liant on tech­nol­ogy,” said Diana.

“Peo­ple care too much about their im­age on so­cial me­dia but are not strong enough to han­dle crit­i­cism. Nowa­days, peo­ple are too trans­par­ent as they share ev­ery­thing on­line! Some even go as far as record a sui­cide at­tempt.

“Our ob­ses­sion with the In­ter­net is a se­ri­ous prob­lem.”

AWK­WARD PHASE

Diana ad­mit­ted that she didn’t in­stantly hit it off with Ummi in the early stages of pro­duc­tion.

“I’ve never acted with her be­fore so it took us a while to break the ice and build a strong chem­istry be­fore the cam­eras be­gan rolling.

“She has a cer­tain style of act­ing so I needed time to match my act­ing style to hers. But ev­ery­thing went well in the end as we were given a month to re­hearse the lines to­gether be­fore step­ping on the set.

“It was the same with Syafiq since we have never worked to­gether be­fore.”

SHORT HAIR

Diana had al­ways sported long hair since her early days in the en­ter­tain­ment scene, but the wife of pop­u­lar ac­tor Farid Kamil did not have any re­grets chop­ping off her locks for the role.

“It’s just hair, it’ll grow back!” she said with a laugh.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to cut my hair but was just too scared and didn’t have a rea­son to do so. So I was more than happy to get the hair­cut in or­der to play the char­ac­ter!”

I’m not try­ing to com­pete with any­one, I can never outdo Faz be­cause it’s she who made Pu­teri iconic.

Diana Danielle

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