Archive | July, 2007

Rosemaria Masih Menyanyi

18 Jul

Oleh KHADIJAH IBRAHIM

ANDAI kata anda teringin makan nasi dagang dan tidak tahu cara untuk membuatnya, silalah rujuk lirik lagu Nasi Dagang dendangan Rosemaria Abdul Hamid.

Menerusi lirik lagu tersebut sedikit sebanyak anda akan tahu bahan yang diperlukan dan cara untuk memasak nasi yang sinonim dengan masyarakat Kelantan itu.

Lagu yang bercerita tentang nasi istimewa itu, sebenarnya telah mempopularkan nama penyanyinya, Rosemaria.

Jelas Rosemaria, 52, dia bukan sekadar tahu menyanyi lagu Nasi Dagang malah memasaknya pun boleh kerana ibunya adalah penjual nasi dagang.

Selain lagu Nasi Dagang, nama juara Bintang RTM 1977 itu sentiasa menjadi bualan hangat apabila tiba musim raya. Lagu dendangannya, Di Pagi Aidilfitri adalah antara lagu raya malar segar yang sentiasa menjadi permintaan ramai.

Meskipun lagu-lagu tersebut sering berkumandang di corong radio, namun peminat-peminat seni suara jarang mengetahui perkembangan terkini Rosemaria.

Rosemaria yang ditemui di RTM sewaktu pertandingan akhir Suara Emas Bintang RTM 2007 baru-baru ini berkata, dia tidak pernah melupakan bidang seni.

“Siapa kata saya tidak menyanyi lagi. Sebenarnya saya tidak pernah menolak kalau ada undangan menyanyi. Entahlah mungkin orang ingat bila saya balik ke Kota Bharu, saya sudah tidak menyanyi.

“Sebenarnya menyanyi tidak boleh ditinggalkan begitu sahaja kerana ia boleh membuatkan kita hilang skill,” kata anak kedua daripada enam beradik itu.

Kehebatan juara Bintang RTM itu tidak boleh dinafikan. Suaranya tetap merdu seperti dulu dan sebab itulah dia sering diundang menyanyi biarpun tanpa memiliki album baru.

Puas

Kali terakhir Rosemaria rakam album adalah pada tahun 1980-an sebelum kembali menetap di negeri Cik Siti Wan Kembang pada tahun 1988. Album terakhirnya popular dengan lagu Nasi Dagang. Sebelum itu Rosemaria telah menghasilkan album Dalam Mengenang Mu yang dirakam selepas menjadi juara dan album Cinta Mu Yang Menyayat Hati.

Sepanjang 10 dekad pembabitannya dalam bidang seni suara, Rosemaria menghasilkan tiga album solo dan empat album campuran bersama penyanyi-penyanyi daripada syarikat EMI seperti Allahyarham Sudirman, Uji Rashid, Hail Amir, Latiff Ibrahim, Gaya Zakry dan Noor Kumalasari.

Rosemaria yang sudah puas menikmati dunia glamor sebagai penyanyi itu berkata, sekarang ini tumpuan utamanya pada kerjaya sebagai ejen insurans.

“Saya percaya kalau kita menyanyi bersungguh-sungguh, pasti orang tidak akan lupa kita. Mereka tahu yang kita benar-benar berbakat,” katanya yang menyertai Bintang RTM tiga tahun berturut-turut.

Kali pertama Rosemaria mencuba nasib pada tahun 1975. Ketika itu dia hanya layak ke separuh akhir dan juara Bintang RTM pada waktu itu ialah Sudirman.

Kegagalan itu tidak mematahkan semangat Rosemaria untuk mencuba lagi pada tahun berikutnya, namun sekali lagi dia gagal kerana juara menjadi milik Norlela Ayob.

Setelah tiga kali mencuba, barulah Rosemaria muncul sebagai juara menerusi lagu Bunga Tanjung dan One The Other Side of Me.

“Orang sekarang beruntung kerana mereka mudah memiliki album nyanyian penyanyi yang mereka gemari. Saya dulu terpaksa salin lirik lagu daripada radio.

“Tiap kali lagu yang saya suka diputarkan di radio, kelam kabut saya menyalinnya. Malah berlatih menyanyi pun berdasarkan lagu di radio saja,” katanya yang menjahit sendiri baju untuk pertandingan tersebut.

Isteri kepada Mohd. Shuhaimi Hussin, 49, dan ibu kepada Khairul Khairi, 24, Ahmad Fais, 22, Sarah Yasmin, 14, Kasturi, 12, Shariman, 7, dan Emily Rose, tiga tahun itu memang pakar dalam bidang jahitan.

Sebab itulah selepas kembali ke Kota Bharu, Rosemaria pernah membuka kedai jahitan sekitar tahun 1990-an.

Selepas itu dia juga pernah menguruskan pusat kecantikan, Rosemaria Beauty Line untuk seketika. Namun kini kedua-dua perniagaan itu telah tiada kerana Rosemaria lebih senang menumpukan perhatian pada perniagaan insurans.

Dia yang pernah menjadi penyanyi latar kepada Anita Sarawak dan mengikut penyanyi tersebut mengadakan persembahan di luar negara berkata sekarang ini kalau ada yang berminat untuk mengambilnya sebagai artis rakaman, dia tidak menolak.

“Memang ada keinginan untuk buat album tapi saya sedarlah dalam keadaan sekarang, orang lebih suka yang muda.

“Pada saya kalau ada yang sudi, saya tidak kisah kerana selama ini pun saya masih menyanyi. Cuma peluang nak rakam album sahaja tidak ada,” katanya terus terang.

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One In 350 Patients Is HIV-Positive And They Don't Even Know It

18 Jul

SINGAPORE: More Singaporeans could be infected with HIV than they realise.

According to a recent Ministry of Health (MOH) study of more than 3,000 anonymous blood samples collected in hospitals, 0.28 per cent were HIV-positive.

The study, done earlier this year, excluded blood samples from known HIV patients.

This means one in 350 hospital patients who think they are free of the disease are actually HIV-positive. In comparison, there were 2,852 known HIV-infected patients in Singapore as of June last year – or about 0.06 per cent of the population.

The problem is “much more acute” for male patients, with a 15:1 male-to-female ratio in the sample population, said Dr Balaji Sadasivan, Senior Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts, and Foreign Affairs, speaking at the launch of a workplace Aids education exhibition.

The stunning findings made for a stark assessment of the HIV/Aids situation in Singapore, and showed the potential minefield health professionals may have to navigate.

Said Dr Balaji: “The methodology ensured that the patients whose blood samples were positive could not be traced … (so) patients in this survey who’ve been misdiagnosed and wrongly treated will continue to remain misdiagnosed and will continue to receive the wrong treatment.”

While a misdiagnosis of HIV “could be excused” 20 years ago, a misdiagnosis today could “very well lead to complaints of professional failure” against doctors and hospitals, he said.

For instance, some Aids patients could display chronic diarrhoea and weight loss. If a simple blood test for HIV were to be done, the correct diagnosis would be reached.

Without such a test, though, the patient could end up undergoing “expensive and unnecessary” procedures such as MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and colonoscopy. The diarrhoea and weight loss may be attributed to stress and the wrong treatment would be prescribed, said Dr Balaji.

Last year, Singapore experienced a record high of 357 new HIV positive cases.

Despite the “serious implications” of the latest study, Dr Balaji believes HIV testing – including for medical staff and hospital patients – should not be made mandatory.

“I don’t think there should be a problem with healthcare workers, as they should be knowledgeable,” he said. “What we need to do is make people understand how they can benefit by volunteering for tests. If we can educate people sufficiently, those who should go for testing will go for testing.”

He called on the medical community to “mull over” the findings and come up with “innovative ways” of providing better care for HIV-positive patients.

“The MOH survey ῅ has identified a serious problem. We don’t have all the answers but we should be willing to learn and introduce the best practices from others,” said Dr Balaji, who is leading a study team to Sydney today to evaluate its HIV prevention programmes.

Dr Roy Chan, the president of Action for Aids – a non-governmental organisation for Aids prevention – believes there is no need to push the panic button.

He told Today: “In any country, Singapore included, there’s a proportion of patients who, unknown to themselves and doctors, are infected.”

While few countries have tried to determine how many HIV-infected patients are unaware of their condition, he noted that the MOH’s findings are in line with the latest estimates for Singapore by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids).

According to UNAids, 0.3 per cent of adults here are HIV-positive. The MOH has also estimated previously that for every Aids patient identified, there are possibly two to four undiagnosed.

While “there’s always a possibility” of a misdiagnosis, Dr Chan thinks that most healthcare workers here are alert to HIV symptoms and echoed Dr Balaji’s views that Singapore must continue to encourage voluntary testing, particularly for those with high-risk behaviour.

But Dr Clarence Yeo, a general practitioner, does not think it is easy to spot early HIV symptoms, as some of these are common in other medical conditions, including cancer.

He said: “Beyond looking at the symptoms alone, if the person is also a high-risk patient – for example, he or she has multiple sexual partners or tends not to use protection (during sexual intercourse) – it would be worthwhile to screen and test them.

“But if the patient doesn’t wish to divulge such personal information, then it would not be obvious to us.” – TODAY/yy

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One In 350 Patients Is HIV-Positive And They Don’t Even Know It

18 Jul

SINGAPORE: More Singaporeans could be infected with HIV than they realise.

According to a recent Ministry of Health (MOH) study of more than 3,000 anonymous blood samples collected in hospitals, 0.28 per cent were HIV-positive.

The study, done earlier this year, excluded blood samples from known HIV patients.

This means one in 350 hospital patients who think they are free of the disease are actually HIV-positive. In comparison, there were 2,852 known HIV-infected patients in Singapore as of June last year – or about 0.06 per cent of the population.

The problem is “much more acute” for male patients, with a 15:1 male-to-female ratio in the sample population, said Dr Balaji Sadasivan, Senior Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts, and Foreign Affairs, speaking at the launch of a workplace Aids education exhibition.

The stunning findings made for a stark assessment of the HIV/Aids situation in Singapore, and showed the potential minefield health professionals may have to navigate.

Said Dr Balaji: “The methodology ensured that the patients whose blood samples were positive could not be traced … (so) patients in this survey who’ve been misdiagnosed and wrongly treated will continue to remain misdiagnosed and will continue to receive the wrong treatment.”

While a misdiagnosis of HIV “could be excused” 20 years ago, a misdiagnosis today could “very well lead to complaints of professional failure” against doctors and hospitals, he said.

For instance, some Aids patients could display chronic diarrhoea and weight loss. If a simple blood test for HIV were to be done, the correct diagnosis would be reached.

Without such a test, though, the patient could end up undergoing “expensive and unnecessary” procedures such as MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and colonoscopy. The diarrhoea and weight loss may be attributed to stress and the wrong treatment would be prescribed, said Dr Balaji.

Last year, Singapore experienced a record high of 357 new HIV positive cases.

Despite the “serious implications” of the latest study, Dr Balaji believes HIV testing – including for medical staff and hospital patients – should not be made mandatory.

“I don’t think there should be a problem with healthcare workers, as they should be knowledgeable,” he said. “What we need to do is make people understand how they can benefit by volunteering for tests. If we can educate people sufficiently, those who should go for testing will go for testing.”

He called on the medical community to “mull over” the findings and come up with “innovative ways” of providing better care for HIV-positive patients.

“The MOH survey ῅ has identified a serious problem. We don’t have all the answers but we should be willing to learn and introduce the best practices from others,” said Dr Balaji, who is leading a study team to Sydney today to evaluate its HIV prevention programmes.

Dr Roy Chan, the president of Action for Aids – a non-governmental organisation for Aids prevention – believes there is no need to push the panic button.

He told Today: “In any country, Singapore included, there’s a proportion of patients who, unknown to themselves and doctors, are infected.”

While few countries have tried to determine how many HIV-infected patients are unaware of their condition, he noted that the MOH’s findings are in line with the latest estimates for Singapore by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids).

According to UNAids, 0.3 per cent of adults here are HIV-positive. The MOH has also estimated previously that for every Aids patient identified, there are possibly two to four undiagnosed.

While “there’s always a possibility” of a misdiagnosis, Dr Chan thinks that most healthcare workers here are alert to HIV symptoms and echoed Dr Balaji’s views that Singapore must continue to encourage voluntary testing, particularly for those with high-risk behaviour.

But Dr Clarence Yeo, a general practitioner, does not think it is easy to spot early HIV symptoms, as some of these are common in other medical conditions, including cancer.

He said: “Beyond looking at the symptoms alone, if the person is also a high-risk patient – for example, he or she has multiple sexual partners or tends not to use protection (during sexual intercourse) – it would be worthwhile to screen and test them.

“But if the patient doesn’t wish to divulge such personal information, then it would not be obvious to us.” – TODAY/yy

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Sheila Abdull Promosi Filem Cinta Yang Satu

12 Jul

Oleh WANDA IDRIS

SHEILA ABDULL, anak didik terbaru penerbit dan komposer popular Adnan Abu Hassan.

FILEM Cinta Yang Satu mula ditayangkan hari ini (12 Julai). Namun sejak beberapa minggu lalu, ia sudah pun dihangatkan dengan kontroversi.

Semuanya gara-gara heronya, Zulhuzaimy yang dikatakan tidak mahu memberikan kerjasama dalam urusan prapromosi filem tersebut.

Biarpun kecewa dengan tindakan pelakon muda berbakat itu, penerbitnya, Wan Noraini Wan Noh tidak pernah mengenal erti putus asa.

Malah mengakui, terus bersemangat untuk mempromosikan filem arahan Zulkifli M. Osman itu kepada khalayak.

Justeru penerbit itu telah mengatur beberapa rangka promosi yang antara lainnya melibatkan penayangan sedutan filem dan klip video lagu tema filem tersebut di kaca TV tempatan.

Penayangan sedutan filem itu bersama-sama klip video lagu temanya yang berjudul Lepaskanlah diharap mampu meningkatkan minat orang ramai untuk menonton filem tersebut.

Menurut Wan Noraini yang mesra menggelar dirinya Kak Wan, lagu Lepaskanlah diangkat menjadi lagu tema memandangkan ia mempunyai kaitan dengan jalan cerita Cinta Yang Satu yang turut dilakonkan oleh Siti Elizad, Sharifah Sofia dan Nabila Huda.

“Lagu itu dicipta oleh Adnan Abu Hassan dan didendangkan oleh penyanyi baru bernama Sheila Abdull,” kata Wan Noraini ketika memperkenalkan gadis manis itu kepada Mega, baru-baru ini.

Wan Noraini berkata, selain lagu Lepaskanlah, pihaknya juga memuatkan dua lagi lagu dendangan Sheila dalam Cinta Yang Satu. Lagu-lagu itu ialah Asmara Di Hati dan Cinta Luar Biasa.

Kesemua lagu-lagu tersebut terkandung dalam album Sheila yang bakal dipasarkan tidak lama lagi.

Siapa Sheila Abdull?

Mungkin masih ramai peminat hiburan tidak mengenali Sheila Abdull namun dia sebenarnya mempunyai pengalaman luas beraksi di pentas. Antaranya bersama Yayasan Warisan Johor, Majlis Perbandaran Johor Bahru (MPJB), Orkestra Kombo RTM dan penyanyi bagi kumpulan Jazz Johor yang membuat persembahan istimewa di majlis-majlis negeri.

Bagaimanapun, harapannya untuk menjadi artis rakaman tercapai apabila menjuarai pertandingan Suara Bintang Adnan Abu Hassan bagi zon selatan.

Hadiah kemenangan merakamkan lagu single, Asmara Di Hati telah memikat hati Adnan untuk mengambilnya sebagai artis rakaman.

“Rakaman single itu membuatkan abang Adnan berminat menghasilkan album penuh dan saya benar-benar bersyukur,” kata Sheila yang memulakan rakaman albumnya sekitar November lalu.

Bercerita tentang kolaborasinya untuk lagu tema filem Cinta Yang Satu, jelas Sheila, lagu tersebut disukai oleh Wan Noraini apabila diperdengarkan oleh Adnan di studionya.

“Kebetulan ketika itu saya juga berada di studio dan sejak itu saya rapat dengan Auntie Wan,” jelas Sheila sambil memberitahu dia turut berkolaborasi dengan Wan Noraini dalam penghasilan klip video lagu-lagu Lepaskanlah dan Asmara Di Hati yang dimuatkan dalam filem Cinta Yang Satu. Klip-klip video itu bakal digunakan untuk tujuan promosi Cinta Yang Satu.

“Saya seronok kerana selain dapat membantu mempromosikan filem Auntie Wan, dalam masa yang sama saya juga dapat memperkenalkan diri dan lagu-lagu saya,” kata Sheila yang turut menjelajah beberapa lokasi terpilih untuk tujuan promosi filem tersebut bersama para pelakonnya tidak lama lagi.

Pun begitu, Sheila mengakui gementar menunggu reaksi peminat namun berharap kehadiran dalam promosi tersebut dalam dijadikan platform memperkenalkan dirinya kepada khalayak.

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Ina Naim Nikah 12 Ogos

11 Jul

KUALA LUMPUR 10 Julai – Penyanyi Ina Naim atau nama sebenarnya Nor Diana Naim mengesahkan akan menamatkan zaman bujangnya dengan bekas anggota kumpulan In-Team, Mohd. Suhaimi Saad pada 12 Ogos ini.

Menurut bekas tunang penyanyi lelaki popular, Mawi, majlis akad nikah bakal berlangsung di rumahnya di Felcra Sungai Ara, Kota Tinggi, Johor.

“Ina buat perkara yang wajib dahulu. Majlis kahwin pula akan diadakan pada akhir tahun ini. Insya-Allah selepas hari raya nanti.

“Ina juga mungkin tidak bersanding. Sekadar majlis sederhana untuk kaum keluarga,” katanya ketika dihubungi Utusan Malaysia, di sini hari ini.

Ina, 23, dan Mohd. Suhaimi, 27, mengikat tali pertunangan pada 6 Jun lalu dengan hantaran sebanyak RM10,000.

Persandingan

Menurut Ina, dia tidak melangsungkan majlis nikah dan persandingan pada hari yang sama kerana mahu menjaga perasaan banyak pihak.

“Malah Ina perlu membuat persediaan rapi terlebih dahulu,” ujarnya.

Penyanyi yang popular dengan lagu Duhai Hati dan Rebah itu turut ditanya perasaannya yang akan bergelar isteri dalam tempoh sebulan lagi.

“Salah satunya perasaan Ina sekarang ialah takut. Tanggungjawab semakin banyak apabila sudah bergelar isteri.

“Ina juga perlu menjaga tatasusila sebagai isteri dan nama baik suami,” katanya.

Namun Ina berkata, dia dan Mohd. Suhaimi belum lagi menghadiri kursus kahwin memandangkan mereka sibuk dengan karier masing-masing.

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Any Takers For Serious Cinema?

8 Jul


Any takers for serious cinema?

ZIYA US SALAM

Parallel cinema lost out on the box office stakes long ago. Now it is losing space to the commercial variety on the small screen too.


Struggle for space: Stills from Shyam Benegal’s “Ankur.

Popular director Anil Sharma, whose high-profile “Apne” was released recently to a fine reception, is a touch disappointed these days. His first, and arguably the finest film, “Shradhanjali” has found no takers. Much like Prak
ash Jha’s “Damul” and “Hip Hip Hurray”.

Sharma laments, “TV satellite channels do not show ‘Shradhanjali’. They show what sells. They are ready to screen ‘Gadar’ and ‘The Hero’ 100 times but not my first film, which is also my best.” “Apne” was in great demand from channels even before the release.

No takers

Jha, who has also made a neat switchover to popular cinema with films like “Gangajal” and “Apaharan”, says, “There are no takers for serious cinema on television. The market is determining the choice. Nobody is interested in ‘Hip Hip…’ anymore. They want ‘Gangajal’. I am designing films that sell in the market. If I don’t texture a film according to the market, it won’t sell.”

He should know. While his films like “Damul” and “Hip Hip…” have struggled to find takers among the private channels, “Gangajal” and “Apaharan” have raked in more on the small screen than all his previous films combined.

It is not a surprise. Nor are Jha and Sharma without company. Govind Nihalani’s timeless classic “Ardh Satya” lies unsold as does his sci-fi venture “Deham”. Nihalani, whose “Takshak” and “Dev” (starring popular actors like Ajay Devgan and Amitabh Bachchan) have been shown repeatedly on TV, explains, “When films like ‘Ardh Satya’ were made, this kind of cinema had to fight for time then too.”

Yes, the small screen continues to ignore the works of the finest craftsmen of parallel cinema. Never far from being models of anonymity, serious filmmakers have failed to make the cut with TRP-driven satellite channels. Ironically, the stakes have seldom been higher for major players in the Hindi film world and the losses steeper for lovers of serious cinema.

At a time when major box office hits like “Rang De Basanti”, “Lage Raho Munna Bhai”, “Krrish”, “Dhoom-2”, “Phir Hera Pheri”, “Umrao Jaan” and “Don” have been lapped up for television screenings at whopping sums going up to Rs.15 crore, no channel is ready to push the envelope for serious cinema. Result? Parallel cinema is dying a second death.

Having lost out in the box office popularity stakes, worthies like Shyam Benegal, Mrinal Sen, Goutam Ghose, Kalpana Lajmi and others are being given the cold shoulder by satellite channels too. Almost all the movie channels including Set Max, Zee Cinema, B4U and Filmy show four films a day, but on a “safe average only about six parallel cinema films” a month.

At times less, coming down to as little as two out of 120 films a month. Interestingly, unreleased entertainers like “Partner” and “No Smoking” with popular stars have already been bought by various channels!

As Filmy’s Ashutosh says, “We don’t have the luxury of waiting to know the film’s box office fate.” The channels are ready to shell out up to Rs.30 crore for a Yash Raj bouquet, but will not stake even a fraction of that for parallel cinema. Even box office duds like “Raja ki Aayegi Barat” (one of Rani Mukherji’s early films) or “Janani” (a Bhagyashri-starrer that was taken off some theatres on the third day of its release) are preferred to classics like “Ankur”, “Bhumika”, “Mrigaya”, “Manthan”, “Saaransh”, “Katha”, “Ek Pal” or “Nishant”.

No wonder Kalpana Lajmi, who has directed films like “Ek Pal” and “Darmiyaan”, rues, “The channels only want films of the last five years. I am known to the new generation by some of my weaker films. Even I cannot see my favourite films like ‘Ek Pal’ on television anymore. The classics are lost.”

Only economics

Mahesh Bhatt, who started his career with films like “Arth” and “Saaransh” before being associated with the likes of “Murder” and “Zeher”, says “Contrary to the assumption that people want good cinema, they don’t. Even if they get it for free, they don’t watch it. Even Doordarshan, where profit is not the main motive, does not want art house cinema. It is a battle for the eyeballs, a battle for bums on the seat. It is pure and simple economics, no art.”

He reveals that the contract of his National Award winning “Zakhm” was not revived with Zee because it had exhausted its possibilities. “Zee found it too gloomy. The film in the first run on TV had exhausted its potential audience. Channels are petrified of losing their audience. When TV runs short of icons, it manufactures them.”

Not excluding himself, Bhatt says “You have to put up with potboilers on television today because even the filmmaker who made ‘Saaransh’ yesterday makes ‘Murder’ and ‘Jism’ today.” Incidentally, “Jism” got Star very good ratings!

What is worse, the channels plan special festivals of the films of Amitabh Bachchan —Zee cinema had Bachchan’s ‘Navarasa’ in April-May this year and around the same time Set Max had ‘Ab Tak Bachchan’ — Madhuri Dixit, Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Govinda and Akshay Kumar… But never is a festival of Shyam Benegal films or Goutam Ghose films planned or shown. And, in a rare case, as in Set Max showing films of Guru Dutt and Benegal, the films are dumped in the early morning slot, sometimes starting as early as 8.00 a.m. on weekdays. And they are completely off the radar on weekend mornings “as that is a time for family viewing”.


Dhoom 2”.

Nihalani states the obvious, “TV is a very commercial medium. The best time goes to blockbusters. The ‘other’ kind of films are shown according to the channel’s convenience. Often more like a filler.”

Ashutosh admits, “There are not too many art movies on the channel. They don’t work well if you take ratings into account. Ninety per cent of people don’t want them. One has to make the channel work. We are not for classics that don’t sell. It is a battle for the eyeballs. Even popular films like ‘Pakeezah’, ‘Guide’ don’t work.”

Older and cheaper

Set Max’s Sneha Rajani takes the same line. “When one criticises the channels for not showing serious films one must remember their number is smaller too. We have Ghose’s ‘Yatra’ and some of Benegal’s movies like ‘Sardari Begum’ and ‘Kalyug’. We do not have a strict schedule for them but Sunday morning is ruled out for any library movie.”

A library (old film of about 25-30 years) movie is purchased by a channel at less than one/tenth the cost of a blockbuster. The older it gets, the cheaper a movie becomes for channels. Still the best works of Guru Dutt and Bimal Roy hardly make it to the schedules of movie channels. For evidence, just surf the timetables of Set Max, Zee Cinema, B4U, Filmy and others. No movie has made it for screening in May. Even Star Gold that started with the idea of showing yesteryear super hits now plays regular, usually relatively new, movies.

Rajani counters, “When they talk of serious cinema, why only the past? We have shown Aparna Sen’s ‘15 Park Avenue’. I wish the audiences had supported us then.”

Zee Cinema’s Mohan Gopinath, head, marketing and programming, explains, “Case to case, we give recommendations according to the star cast, content, mass appeal, before a movie is selected. For instance we have had hits like ‘Diler’ and ‘Durga’. These films had flopped when they released in cinema halls. Sometime back we did show ‘Ijaazat’. But we normally have late night slot for such films as we have to cater to the larger audience at other times.” As Bhatt puts it, “Everybody talks of good cinema, nobody watches good cinema.”

Meanwhile, the rarely seen Lok Sabha TV is the only exception. Every Saturday evening, the channel is busy showing films like “Ek Doctor ki Maut” and “Pestonjee” at prime time. The films, according to the Executive Producer Vartika Nanda, “get good response from the viewers with a lot of enquiries about the films”.

Each film is introduced by an expert from the field and is ushered with promos played a couple of days before the film’s screening. “We are a low-profile channel. We don’t indulge in mirch masala. We are not in the
rat race. We shows films with sub-titling and intend to continue the series over 54 weeks,” adds Nanda.

But is that enough to take on the juggernaut where each offering of Yash Raj Films or Vishesh Films comes with truckloads of advance publicity and a screening schedule more than a month in advance. No guesses needed!


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Perkahwinan Eizlan-Vie Shantie: Hantaran RM77,777.77

8 Jul

KOTA KINABALU 7 Julai – Pelakon popular, Eizlan Yusof, 36, hari ini selamat diijab kabul dengan model sambilan, Vie Shantie Haroon Khan, 21, di Taman Ujana, King Fisher, Likas di sini, hari ini.

Majlis akad nikah secara sederhana pada pukul 11.15 pagi itu disempurnakan oleh Imam Masjid Negeri, Amran Anggun dengan disaksikan oleh rakan dan saudara-mara terdekat.

Mereka menjadi suami isteri selepas sekali lafaz akad nikah.

Vie Shantie yang bekerja sebagai Juru- ukur bahan di salah sebuah firma seni bina di ibu negara itu menerima wang hantaran RM77,777.77 dan mas kahwin berjumlah RM300.

Menurut Eizlan, pihaknya menghantar tujuh dulang hantaran yang kebanyakannya dibeli ketika beliau berada di Eropah manakala pihak perempuan membalas dengan sembilan dulang.

Beliau yang pernah menjadi penyanyi memberitahu, mula mengenali isterinya sejak 7 Januari lalu dan pintu hatinya terbuka untuk berkahwin setelah dua bulan mengenali isterinya yang mempunyai darah kacukan Pakistan, Arab, Bajau, Melayu, Kadazan dan Cina.

“Saya mengenali isteri saya selama enam bulan dan mengambil keputusan untuk melamarnya, ketika itu saya sedang berada di Eropah.

“Saya melamarnya melalui telefon, sejurus mendapat persetujuan, saya membeli barang-barang hantaran di sana termasuk sebentuk cincin perkahwinan.

“Saya tidak teragak-agak untuk membuat keputusan itu kerana merasakan jodoh dengannya kuat. Juga tertarik dengan sifatnya yang lemah lembut, penyayang dan sering mengambil berat tentang keluarganya,” katanya.

Eizlan berkata, tempoh perkenalan selama enam bulan sudah cukup bagi menyelami hati budi masing-masing dan menyifatkan keputusannya untuk berkahwin merupakan langkah tepat.

Bagi Vie Shantie yang mempunyai diploma dari Pusat Latihan Fesyen Antarabangsa (IFTC) dan berkelulusan Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), tarikan utama yang dimiliki Eizlan ialah sifatnya yang ikhlas dan tidak meninggi diri.

“Saya mengenalinya sebagai seorang lelaki yang jujur dan suka berterus terang,” akuinya yang terpikat dengan Eizlan walaupun jarak umur antara mereka agak jauh.

Selain model sambilan, Vie Shantie yang merupakan anak kedua dari lima beradik pernah menjadi pelakon iklan televisyen antaranya Livita, Maxis, DiGi, TMNet, Streamyx dan Toyota Vios.

Pasangan pengantin baru itu masih belum membuat keputusan mengenai destinasi berbulan madu mereka sama ada dalam atau luar negara.

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Kisah Cinta Sang Primadona

8 Jul

Oleh TENGKU KHALIDAH TENGKU BIDIN

Ini bukan filem. Tetapi kisah realiti dari kehidupan seorang primadona yang cintanya singgah di hati beberapa lelaki. Dia terus mencari di celah fantasi gosip, kisah dalam filem dan seterusnya realiti yang dipisahkan oleh satu garisan nipis.

Kepada peminat, ada dua dunia yang menemukan mereka dengan primadona ini. Satu pada laras fantasi yang terlakar di layar perak dan satu lagi realiti yang juga seolah-olah kisah yang diangkat dari filem-filem lakonannya.

Itulah bauran realiti dan fantasi cinta dalam hidup primadona zaman baru, Erra Fazira yang teradun dari kemilau bintang, kemashyuran dan sanjungan jutaan peminat.

Dalam filem Erra pernah bercinta dengan Awie (Sembilu), Norman Hakim (Pasrah), Yusry KRU (Cinderella) dan Hans Issac (Pesona Non Grata dan Gemilang). Di luar filem, Erra pernah bercinta hingga bertunang dengan Awie, digosip bercinta dengan Norman Hakim, bercinta dan berkahwin dengan Yusry dan kini timbul cerita baru bercinta dengan Hans Issac.

Demikianlah nipisnya garis yang memisahkan Erra antara fantasi dalam filem dengan realiti di alam maya ini. Terbaru Hans Issac mendedahkan kisah cintanya yang putus selepas Erra dikatakan terpaut kepada lelaki lain.

Erra yang manis, manja dan mempersona membuatkan kita semua tertanya-tanya, di sebalik semua cerita ini, di manakah kebahagiaan sebenar Erra dalam kisah cintanya? Kita sesekali terkeliru antara gosip, lakonan dalam filem dan kisah realiti yang memaparkan momen-momen seindah babak dari filem.

Dengan anugerah wajah yang jelita, ternama dan berharta membuatkan Erra tidak pernah sunyi jatuh ke kancah gosip cinta. Kisah cinta dengan lelaki yang kaya dan ternama juga bagaikan buah yang sering ditunggu gugurnya oleh peminat.

Apa lagi selepas dia kembali solo tatkala bahtera perkahwinan dengan Yusry karam dilanda badai hampir dua tahun lalu. Meski bergelar janda, sosok Erra tidak pernah lepas daripada bayang lelaki-lelaki yang pernah hadir dalam hidup dan dekat dengan dirinya.

Kisah cinta Erra kembali berkocak dan menjadi perhatian apabila Hans Isaac tiba-tiba membuat pengakuan gempar baru-baru ini. Rupa-rupanya Hans bukan sekadar kekasih dalam filem tetapi terbawa ke luar filem.

Apa hendak dikatakan lagi. Kejelitaan wajahnya dan sukses kerjaya menjadikan Erra tidak boleh jauh dari mangsa gosip dan kisah cinta. Hans mengejutkan banyak orang (mungkin termasuk Erra sendiri) apabila memberitahu bahawa dia sudah memutuskan hubungan cintanya dengan aktres itu semenjak dua minggu lalu.

Kata Hans dia terpaksa membuat keputusan itu setelah berjaya ‘perangkap’ Erra dengan kekasih barunya, seorang Ketua Pegawai Operasi di sebuah stesen radio.

Lelaki-lelaki dalam hidup Erra

Awie
Penyanyi dan pelakon yang juga ahli perniagaan ini dikatakan cinta pertama Erra setelah dia mengorak langkah ke dunia seni. Awie dan Erra mula berkenalan pada sekitar tahun 1995, sebaik sahaja wanita ini menyandang gelaran Ratu Cantik Malaysia. Awie juga orang yang bertanggungjawab membawa Erra ke dunia glamor. Bermula dari situ hubungan mesra mereka membawa kepada ikatan pertunangan pada 5 Oktober 1999.

Sepanjang alam percintaan, kisah cinta mereka menjadi pelaris filem mereka di pawagam. Antara filem lakonan mereka bersama ialah Sembilu, Sembilu II dan Tragedi Oktober. Lama mereka berkasih sayang dan bercinta, saling memberi dan merasa, tetapi jodoh mereka tiada.

Mereka terpisah dari pelamin impian pada penghujung tahun 1998 setelah Awie memilih artis muda, Arni Nazira sebagai isteri. Erra memulangkan semula hantaran dan cincin pertunangannya kepada keluarga Awie beberapa bulan selepas itu.

Norman Hakim
Pelakon dan peragawan ini juga pernah dikatakan hadir dalam kehidupan Erra Fazira sebagai kekasih selama beberapa bulan sahaja. Walaupun seketika sahaja percintaan mereka, ada media yang berjaya menghidu kisah cinta itu. Tetapi kedua-duanya menafikan hubungan istimewa itu dan mengaitkannya dengan filem lakonan bersama dalam Pasrah. Filem ini berkisar tentang ketabahan hati seorang wanita setelah kekasihnya berlaku curang dan berkahwin dengan wanita lain. Ini dikatakan mempunya persamaan dengan realiti cinta Erra dan Awie.

Yusry Abdul Halim
Mula berkenalan melalui satu sesi fotografi untuk sebuah majalah. Selepas fotografi itu, masing-masing berutus panggilan telefon lalu mendekatkan lagi kedua-duanya. Erra dan Yusry bertunang 3 Mei 2003 dan bernikah pada 15 Jun 2003. Dengan mas kahwin RM80 serta wang hantaran RM33,333. 33, Erra-Yusry dinikahkan di Masjid At-Taqwa, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail. Perkahwinan dan persandingan besar-besaran mereka ditonton oleh ribuan peminat dan diabadikan dalam bentuk video cakera padat. Bagaimanapun jodoh mereka berakhir pada 26 April 2005. Erra dan Yusry tidak dikurniakan cahayamata.

Hans Isaac
Sebelum bercerai dengan Yusry, banyak yang bercakap tentang hubungan Hans dengan Erra. Ketika penggambaran filem Pesona Non Grata di Thailand, khabarnya hubungan mereka semakin erat. Ketika itu Erra dan Yusry sudahpun ‘retak menunggu belah’. Bagaimanapun mereka menafikannya. Malah Yusry turut menafikan perceraian mereka kerana kehadiran orang ketiga. Memandangkan kedua-duanya orang popular, mana mungkin hal seperti ini boleh ditutup lagi. Selepas bercerai hubungan Erra dan Hans makin diperkatakan di media. Tetapi kedua-duanya menafikan. Sehinggalah Hans menyampaikan hadiah berharga, seutas jam tangan Rolex pada hari ulang tahun ke 32 Erra, tahun lalu. Ia menjadikan gosip itu sebagai sesuatu yang cukup berasas. Jika tidak ada hubungan istimewa, mana mungkin seorang lelaki sanggup melaburkan berbelas ribu ringgit sebagai hadiah ulang tahun seorang teman. Pun begitu kedua-duanya masih membisu dan membataskan hubungan mereka sekadar ‘teman tapi mesra’.

Engku Imran Engku Zainal Abidin
Jejaka kacak yang berpersonaliti ini secara tiba-tiba saja dikaitkan mempunyai hubungan cinta dengan Erra. Kisah cinta mereka mula beredar semenjak Mei lalu, tetapi masih ditahap ‘sepoi-sepoi bahasa’.

Mereka bertemu dalam satu majlis dianjurkan stesen radio Suria FM sementelah Engku Imran sendiri ialah Ketua Pegawai Operasi Suria FM. Erra beberapa kali dilihat menemani Engku Imran di beberapa majlis dan hubungan mereka mula diperkatakan. Kebenaran akhirnya terserlah apabila Hans muncul dengan kenyataan gemparnya Rabu lalu.

Kata Hans Isaac hubungannya dengan Erra Fazira sudah berakhir dua minggu lalu berikutan penyanyi berkenaan dikatakan bakal berkahwin dengan Engku Imran. Menurut Hans, Erra sendiri memberitahu hal itu kepadanya ketika dia berjaya menjejaki hubungan wanita jelita itu dengan lelaki berkenaan. Bagaimanapun kesudahannya masih lagi dinanti-nantikan.

Apa selepas ini?

Apakah Engku Imran lelaki yang bakal dikahwini Erra selepas ini? Segalanya masih lagi tinggal tanda tanya. Apa pun dari pihak yang rapat dengan Erra, wanita itu cukup menyenangi karakter Engku Imran yang dikatakan mempunyai aura sebagai lelaki berkarisma.

Erra terkesima juga dengan pendedahan Hans Isaac yang dibuat secara tiba-tiba itu. Tambah mendukacitakan apabila pendedahan Hans turut memberikan impak negatif sekaligus menggambarkan bahawa Erra adalah wanita yang senang menjaja cinta.

Erra juga khabarnya akan membuat pengumuman penting mengenai apa sebenarnya di sebalik perhubungan mereka kepada media tidak lama lagi.

Kepada Erra, tabah dan teruslah berjuang dalam kehidupan. Yang dinamakan hidup itu tidak selalunya indah. Itulah realiti hidup di belakang tabir yang perlu dianggap sebagai pengalaman berharga dan ada hikmahnya.

Kira-kira lapan tahun lalu, Erra sendiri pernah membisikkan ke telinga saya, “Hidup mesti teruskan walau seteruk manapun cabaran di depan.”

Orang akan terus bercakap apa saja. Masyarakat juga akan menantikan apa lagi berita mengenai diri primadona yang seorang ini. Kenapa? Kerana dia adalah primadona yang terus mengharumkan laman seni negara.

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Not Quite Child’s Play

7 Jul


Not quite child’s play

Acting is increasingly becoming a lucrative career option for children today. It comes with its own bag of snags though, writes RANA SIDDIQUI


The ‘young adults’ are here Ali Haji and Angelina Idnani with Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukherjee in “Tara Rum Pum”

In the late 1980s, Doordarshan used to telecast a serial called Mujrim Hazir based on Bimal Mitra’s novel. In one of the scenes, the director showed an Id celebration at a villager’s house. A five-year-old, seeing his p
arents feasting on ‘sewai’, asked his mother to give some of it to his pet, a goat. The mother said, “Bete, bakri sewai nahi ghas khati hai (Goats don’t eat sewai, they eat grass)”. To which, the child sur
prisingly asked, “Even on Id?”

Cut to our entertainment world of today, and you will realise how times have changed! InKunal Kohli’s recent film, Fanaa, child actor Ali Haji ‘teaches’ a wounded Aamir Khan to throw ‘haldi doodh’ and
fool the mother. But his other dialogues were more like sermons.

Surely, gone are the days when you saw kids behave like kids on screen. Children in today’s Hindi films not only behave like adults, they are even given dialogues that don’t suit their age. Remember Kunal Khemu in Mahesh Bhatt’s Zakhm?

His expression of happiness on seeing his father visit his mother is almost adult-like almost adult-like in expression. In Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, eight-year-old Sana Saeed played a child who sets about getting her
widower father to marry his former batch mate. And this week, it’s time for Hansika Motwani to play an adult even though she is just 15! She plays the love interest of Himesh Reshammiya in the just-released Aap Ka Surroor. Han
sika, a known face among child artistes, is a ninth standard student.

That kids today are far more grown up for their age is a factor that perhaps works in their favour. They wear their attitude on their sleeve, and carry it off as impressively as adults. They are “young adults” as Zain Khan is portrayed in the recently released Chain Kulii Ki Main Kulii.


Sana Saeed with Shah Rukh Khan in “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”

So, is acting becoming an irresistible career option for kids today? Indeed. They are no longer paid peanuts. “Today a child earns Rs.15,000 for a still and around Rs.30,000 for a TV commercial. And if an ad requires many children who just have to be part of a crowd and needs no styling, they get Rs.3,000 to Rs. 6,000,” says Gaurav Nautiyal from an ad agency. He says, “The amount is higher for films. A lead child model gets around Rs.20,000 to Rs. 50,000 depending upon his ‘grade’ and accessibility.”

Agrees Amit Arora from a Delhi-based modelling agency, “If a child is much in demand, he even gets Rs.50,000 to Rs. two lakh per year, subject to a flexible schedule. For instance, he shoots in Delhi and dubs in Mumbai or, say, signs a contract against endorsing a competitive brand. I know many parents who have taken transfer from Delhi to Mumbai only because their child is in great demand in ads and films.”

But doesn’t the taste of earning big money at an impressionable age rob them of their innocence? Doesn’t it also make their parents more ambitious? Says Robby Grewal, whose debut film Samay also had a five-year-old: &#8
220;When I was auditioning the kids, I saw parents pushing their kids to be proactive, and laying the pressure on them to do better than others. It is very difficult to shoot with kids. They have mood swings. You can’t push them beyond a point. They wear designer clothes, watches and colour their hair. They pat their older counterparts in the film on the back while talking to them. They are no longer innocent.”

Actor Sarika, who has now taken up the cudgels against “child labour in films”, agrees. She is trying to introduce a code of conduct for child actors in Bollywood.


Akshat Chopra.

“It is distressing to see children being pushed to enact mentally traumatic scenes without any counselling. In Hollywood, a psychotherapist is always present on the sets to counsel the child before and after the child enacts a traumatic scene. In Bollywood, they are ‘persuaded’ with chocolates! There is no schedule for them, and their education suffers. In Hollywood, there is a rule that only during school vacations, can a child act in films,” she states.

But Amit Arora disagrees, “I don’t think there is any emotional abuse of kids on the sets. They are well taken care of. See Akshat Chopra, the child star who shot with Kapil Dev, Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar. He has entered the Limca Book of Records for getting maximum certificates for extra curricular activities in his school. It exposes them to a lot of other things that their schools don’t teach them. They are more aware and smarter than their schoolmates. Once, a client of ours wanted his child to do an ad with him. We spent two days shooting, but the child couldn’t utter two lines with his own father. So we had to call a professional child actor. Within 15 minutes, the shooting was over.”

Well, the debate will go on. But, if the case of Ahsaas Channa (who features in films such as Vaastu Shastra, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, My Friend Ganesh), whose father Iqbal Channa had filed a petition in court to prevent his wife fr
om turning her child into “a money machine”, or for that matter, Zain Khan “not getting any time to do his homework”, are any indication, Sarika is taking just the right step!


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Adi Putra Belajar Di Rumah

5 Jul

KUALA LUMPUR 4 Julai – Kanak-kanak yang memiliki kepintaran luar biasa dalam bidang Matematik, Adi Putra Abdul Ghani kini sedang mengikuti pembelajaran di rumah dalam persediaan menduduki A-Level.

Setiausaha Parlimen Kementerian Pelajaran, P. Komala Devi berkata, Adi Putra telah meninggalkan Sekolah Islam Antarabangsa di Gombak pada 26 Mac lalu.

Komala Devi berkata demikian ketika menjawab soalan Datuk Idris Haron (BN-Tangga Batu) pada persidangan Dewan Rakyat, hari ini.

Idris dalam soalannya meminta Menteri Pelajaran, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein menyatakan status dan perkembangan terkini Adi Putra.

Menurut Komala, kementerian mempunyai perancangan untuk menghasilkan program khas khusus untuk murid pintar, cerdas dan berbakat.

Tambahnya, kertas kerja mengenai program itu akan dibentangkan oleh kementerian pada September ini.

”Program ini akan dirintis dan dinilai kesannya dalam tahun 2009 dan dijangka pelaksanaan penuh program ini adalah pada 2010,” katanya.

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