MALACCA: Getting to act in Bollywood or Kollywood movies has been a long-time inspiration for Malacca’s Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.
Idris, who was first exposed to a Hindi flick titled “Haathi Mere Saathi” at the age of eight was captivated how elephants were used in making of that movie and always wanted to be one of the actors in such films, since then.
“Back then in the mid 1970’s Kampung folks were mostly buffs of Bollywood and my uncle brought me to watch one of the movies,
“I was very excited and could still remember the scenes until today where elephants were the main feature and the evergreen songs,” he said after the launching an exhibition on “life on the silver screen, the fascinating story of Indian Cinema” at Malacca Art Gallery.
The event was also witnessed by Indian High Commissioner, T.S.Tirumurti and Malacca Museum Corporation’s (Perzim) general manager Datuk Khamis Abas.
The exhibition will also showcase the stories of famous Bollywood and Kollywood stars and producers including the evolvement of the Indian film industry for the last 100 years and will end on June 20.
Idris said as young boy he was mesmerised by the first Hindi movie he watched and always wanted to act in one such movie.
“I don’t mind taking any roles either as hero or villain as long I get to act in one of the movies especially with more production houses choosing Malacca as their shooting destination.
“The last movie “Don Two” was shot at Sungai Udang and now I am the assemblyman for the constituency, so now I have a better chance to act,” he quipped.
Idris said the exhibition had given him an insight on the origin of the Indian cinema industry since 1913 and how it captured the hearts of millions of people throughout the globe including Middle-East folks.
He said the industry, as an economic powerhouse, could look into investments in Malaysia for film productions especially Malacca that offers multiple of attractive sights blended with multi-facets of society that is suitable for the taste of buffs of the Indian cinema.
Idris noted that the Indian movie productions varies from Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali and could be lured to Malacca for their shootings that will further escalate the local tourism industry.
Earlier, T.S.Tirumuti said he was pleased to be in Malacca for the second time after the first event focusing on Punjabi dance that was held here last month.
He said India is the largest film producing country in the world where it makes 1000 films annually in various languages with a turnover of USD15 billion, yearly.
“Indian filmmakers have been admired all over the world for their artistic quality and novelty of movies,” he added.