Hit and run­away success

Singer turned ac­tor, Sein tries his hand at di­rect­ing.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TV - By AZHARIAH KAMIN en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

WITH his boy­ish good looks, most of us know him as singing sen­sa­tion Sein of Ruffedge, and lately as drama ac­tor. Now Sein, whose real name is Syed Hus­sein Syed Mustafa, is all set to wow fans with his di­rec­to­rial de­but in the gang­ster flick Lang­gar.

Lang­gar tells the story of Nizam (Adi Pu­tra), who seeks jus­tice for the death of his beloved preg­nant wife, Aina. It is Nizam’s solemn prom­ise to him­self that ev­ery­one in­volved in the rape-mur­der must be wiped from the face of earth.

In his quest, Nizam is in­tro­duced to Radzi (Nam Ron) and his gang by Khairul (Bell Ngasri), an old friend. Nizam joins Radzi’s gang as a debt col­lec­tor. Among the names listed in the file are Aina and her fa­ther, un­der debtors who have failed to pay. Nizam is now con­vinced that he is on the right track for his re­venge.

Di­rect­ing big names such as Nam Ron, Adi Pu­tra and Hans Isaac was no small feat for 30-year-old Sein, but he took it all in stride.

“I re­mem­ber when I was told the names of the cast mem­bers, I was very ex­cited and ner­vous, of course,” Sein said.

“But I was also very en­thu­si­as­tic be­cause it was a great op­por­tu­nity to be given the best (ac­tors) for my di­rec­to­rial de­but.”

Bud­geted at RM1.7mil, the movie also features other big names such as Khir Rah­man, Zul Huza­imy, Natasha Hud­son and Na­dia Heng.

Sein added that all the ac­tors were pro­fes­sional dur­ing film­ing and sup­port­ive of him as a di­rec­tor.

“As you know, I started my ca­reer in this in­dus­try with a pas­sion in mu­sic and later acted in some dra­mas. Now I have a bunch of ex­pe­ri­enced ac­tors and ac­tresses to back me up in my very first cin­e­matic pro­duc-pro­duc­tion. They are one of thethe main rea­sons why I was so mo­ti­vated to give my best to the film. I only have one word to de­scribe this – grate­ful!”

Sein also added that his col­leagues Isaac and Nam Ron, who have di­rected movies as well, gave him some point­ers dur­ing the film­ing of Lang­gar which took 37 days to com­plete. “Hans and Nam Ron were very help­ful to me through­out the shoot­ing. They pro­vided me cre­ative ideas that made the whole film­ing process much eas­ier than I ex­pected.”

He also ex­pressed re­lief as only two scenes were cut by the Film Cen­sor­ship Board (LPF), although Lang­gar is clas­si­fied as 18 PL.

Be­ing a first-time di­rec­tor was hard enough but as Sein found out, film­ing an ac­tion flick made it even more chal­leng­ing.

“My big­gest chal­lenge while film­ing was time man­age­ment. I had to crack my head to han­dle dif­fer­ent as­pects of the pro­duc­tion and try to com­plete the shoot­ing on sched­ule.

“I re­mem­ber I couldn’t wait to step onto the film set dur­ing the first day of shoot­ing. It’s my first movie any­way,” re­called Sein. And now that the movie is ready for re­lease, Sein is un­der­stand­ably ner­vous and ex­cited.

“But most of all, I’m thrilled to have th­ese great fig­ures from the in­dus­try to help make this film pos­si­ble. Peo­ple like Hans, Nam Ron, Khir Rah­man and Zul Huza­imy had helped me since they are ex­pe­ri­enced direc­tors. I re­spect them a lot.”

For lead ac­tor Adi Pu­tra work­ing with new di­rec­tor Sein was no dif­fer­ent from work­ing with more es­tab­lished direc­tors.

“The pro­to­col on movie-mak­ing is all the same. As an ac­tor, my job is to de­liver what Sein needed from me the best I pos­si­bly could,” said the 32-year-old ac­tor.

“My char­ac­ter Nizam is a guy who can’t ac­cept the fact that his wife and un­born child were bru­tally mur­dered by a group of gang­sters. The way he is han­dling his anger and grief is to turn it into re­venge; to kill ev­ery sin­gle man who is re­spon­si­ble for his wife’s death. In his fo­cus to ex­act re­venge, he gets in­volved in the world of gang­sters, which then gets him deeper in the un­der­world. For ac­tordi­rec­tor Nam Ron, 44, work­ing with Sein was a pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I de­cided to be a part of Lang­gar be­cause it has an in­ter­est­ing sto­ry­line. And the thing about work­ing with a young di­rec­tor like Sein is that he has so much en­ergy (dur­ing film­ing),” Nam Ron said.

“While work­ing on the film, he gave more than 100 % com­mit­ment. He ba­si­cally did what most direc­tors would do (while di­rect­ing) which was - he ate and slept with the movie in his mind. You know, he was a bit psy­cho, but a nice kind of psy­cho, really,” Nam Ron joked.

Isaac, 42, whose re­cent di­rec­to­rial ef­fort Lawak Ke Der 2 re­leased in March, stars as Jimmy, one of the gang­sters in Lang­gar, The hand­some ac­tor praised Sein for his pro­fes­sion­al­ism and coura­geous at­tempt on the ac­tion genre.

“Through­out film­ing, Sein showed his pas­sion and se­ri­ous­ness. This is his story and, as pro­fes­sional ac­tors, our job is to help him with his work and we never ques­tioned him. We un­der­stand that we must put our egos aside and give our full sup­port to a new di­rec­tor in this in­dus­try,” Isaac said.

Lang­gar will be re­leased in cinemas na­tion­wide on April 11.

Too close for com­fort: Nam ron and Natasha Hud­son star in the ac­tion flick lang­gar. (in­set) Sien is thrilled to be a first­time di­rec­tor.

adi pu­tra plays Nizam, who is de­ter­mined to kill those re­spon­si­ble for the death of his wife.

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