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Sharifah Amani (Wani) and Syed Hussein (Dr Khai) play a couple with marital problems in Psiko Pencuri Hati. On the right is Sheira Ayob who plays Siti.
Psiko Pencuri Hati sees director Nam Ron laying the tracks for a rollercoaster of emotions.
PSIKO Pencuri Hati. The movie title alone leads us to think that another love story is in the offing for cinemagoers.
But wait till you watch it in cinemas, then you’ll know the movie is anything but.
For the uninitiated, Psiko Pencuri Hati (Psycho Thief of Hearts) tells about a writer Osidi who is obsessed with finishing his book on a serial killer. At the same time, he is also suffering from a bout of depression.
And if the recent preview of the movie was anything to go by, the movie definitely makes one wonder about a lot of things.
For instance, how far does the research go to write a novel about a serial killer? Do we have to think like a serial killer, say like Dr Hannibal Lecter? And honestly, do we really need to get behind the personality of a serial killer to ensure our character makes a good read?
In Psiko Pencuri Hati, this question consumes the main character Osidi.
As a tormented soul, Osidi is in constant conflict with himself as he tries to finish his latest novel.
As his mainstream debut feature, Psiko Pencuri Hati, has been a career shift for Nam Ron. He met the challenges head on.
Nam Ron, whose real name is Shahili Abdan, is better known for his theatre work and independent movies like Gedebe, Gadoh and Jalan Pintas. Nam Ron said that he fell in love the moment he read the original story entitled Karma written by Amin Shakib.
“I worked with scriptwriter Ayam Fared on the story. And I did a lot of improvisation while making this movie,” said Nam Ron at the preview.
For this cinema effort, the 43-year-old director decided to take some risks and changed the structure of the original story by infusing edgy elements in it.
“I focused more on the strength of the storyline. We developed the characters as we went along (the filming) as I wanted to share something different with the cinemagoers.”
He also revealed that a big part of the storyline is loosely based on his own life.
“Almost 60% of the movie’s content was derived from my own personal experiences. I used to suffer from depression years ago. I remember how suicidal I was back then,” he mentioned. Another unique thing about the making of the movie was that it didn’t have a pre-written script (for the actors to rehearse).
Boasting big names such as Bront Palarae, Sharifah Amani and Syed Hussein (Sein) in the lead roles, Nam Ron also revealed that the screenplay and the script in the movie was a result of the cast having done a lot of improvisation in rehearsal.
Almost a free form script, you say?
“What we did was I gave the actors a situation and urged them to come up with ideas. We threw ideas back and forth until we agreed on the best possible dialogues to be put down as a proper script,” revealed Nam Ron.
For actress Sharifah Amani, working with Nam Ron was a dream come true.
“I have been wanting to work with him for a long time,” said Sharifah.
“The moment I was told that I will be working alongside Bront and Sein, I was really excited because I knew we were going to be a great team together.”
In the movie, Sharifah plays Wani, who is suffering from depression after a series of miscarriages. This strained her relationship with her husband Dr Khai (Sein).
A meeting with Osidi (Bront) during their island holiday only makes things complicated. For Bront, playing a psycho was nothing new as he did play a mental case in Lagenda Budak Setan 2. “But this time playing Osidi really drained me and I lost seven kilos filming the movie.
“Seriously, my other psychotic character in Lagenda Budak Setan 2 was fairly light compared to Psiko Pencuri Hati. And I think Nam Ron was having fun ‘torturing’ me during the filming,” he said with a laugh.
Despite having worked with Nam Ron in four different projects before, Bront said that he was initially taken aback with the improvisational approach used by Nam Ron.
“In fact all of us found it (doing the improvisation) difficult initially. But as we went along and we got used to it, things got better,” added Bront.
The filmmaker’s theatre background, arguably, had a massive influence in keeping the movie’s plot and script far away from the predictable.
Nam Ron also added that by doing it this way, he believed that all the actors were able to understand their respective characters well and subsequently played them well, too.
“Yes they are all my friends outside the filming set, but they also have big talent in their craft. It was easy working with them.
“In fact they helped me a lot with filming. Their experiences in movie-making was a boost. So I’m really happy,” concluded Nam Ron.
Psiko Pencuri Hati will be screened in cinemas nationwide tomorrow.
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