Hit and runaway success
Singer turned actor, Sein tries his hand at directing.
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.