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ADOI EXCLUSIVE: YASMIN AHMAD’S NEW MOVIE!A TALENTIME OF LOVE, HEARTBREAK AND DESTINY

BY THE HAMMER.
Award-winning advertising creative director and now acclaimed film maker Yasmin Ahmad is more than a friend. She had just finished judging the ADOI Advertising Awards (AAA) of Indonesia in Bali for us, and she was on the next plane back to KL to commence shooting of her new movie Talentime.
BY THE HAMMER.
Award-winning advertising creative director and now acclaimed film maker Yasmin Ahmad is more than a friend. She had just finished judging the ADOI Advertising Awards (AAA) of Indonesia in Bali for us, and she was on the next plane back to KL to commence shooting of her new movie Talentime.

Two months earlier she had picked up a Cannes Gold Award for her Petronas TVC titled Tan Hong Ming, Malaysia’s film ever Cannes tvc Gold!

I drove to Ipoh where Yasmin had been camped for more than a week shooting and ended up in the hushed colonial corridors of Anderson Secondary School. There I found a dedicated film crew who had grown to be more of a close-knitted family than anything else. Yasmin’s love is infectious, and she shares it generously. Here’s the synopsis of her new movie:

In a small town, one school is organizing an inter-school talentime, to celebrate the 7th anniversary of its opening.

The organizing committee is headed by that school’s music teacher (Adibah Noor), a strict, no-nonsense lady who is herself a great singer.

Cikgu Adibah has picked a group of teachers and students to help her with the talentime.

During the first rounds of the auditions, we see a crazy mix of very talented and totally talentless students trying their luck to make it to the final list, which is to comprise of only 7 participants, in line with the school anniversary.

Here we capture lots of comic moments, as well as some beautiful performances, from the participants.

Cikgu Adibah has recruited 7 boys who own motorcycles to fetch the finalists from their homes to rehearsals.

One of the boys, Mahesh, is a deaf/mute and very good-looking 17-year old Indian, who has been assigned to Melur, a beautiful and talented 19-year old finalist from another school. His duty is to see to it that she gets to rehearsals on time, and then take her home again.

Another finalist, Hafiz, is a 16-year old Malay boy whose only family is a mother terminally suffering from brain cancer. She forbids him to visit her in hospital at least 12 hours after her chemo sessions because she does not like him to see her suffer.

As a result, Hafiz spends most of his time in school, studying and composing songs, resulting in him being top of the class and also an accomplished composer of beautiful songs.

Melur, in the meantime, develops a crush on Mahesh, who doesn’t seem to respond at first. But eventually, we discover that he’s very much in love with her too, but was too conscious of his physical disability to open up. As romance blooms, Melur finds that her performance seems to get better and better.

One day before the finals, Mahesh’s parents find out about their son’s love interest, and forbid him ever to see her again.

This turn of events proves emotionally devastating for the young lovers, but as a result of it, Melur gives her finest, most heartfelt performance of all at the talentime finals.

Building up to the big day of the finals, we follow the developments of the different finalists, and witness how the hurt and trials that life throws at them builds their characters and makes them stronger, and more beautiful.

“The secret of the beautiful lotus lies in the mud from which it grows.”

In a recent interview, Yasmin confessed, "My job is to dig until a form appears. There is something inside a clay that is waiting to be discovered. I am just an ordinary person who is weak."

ADOI brings you a gallery of pictures taken during the shooting of Talentime.



















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