PETALING JAYA: Film producer and university lecturer A. Razak Mohaideen’s recent comedies about mami (female Indian-Muslims from Penang) have been box-office successes.
So it’s no surprise that he is tackling the same subject in his latest movie, Anak Mami Kembali, a joint venture between MMP, Gitu Gitu Productions and MIG Beats.
“This subject is close to my heart as I am also from Penang and the stories are real,” said Razak whose older brother, Abdul Shukor Mohaideen, scripted Anak Mami Kembali (The Return of Anak Mami).
“It is still about Anak Mami, but totally different in terms of storyline, family values and humour. I find the comic relief much funnier this time. It’s a situational comedy about the generation gap between the old and the young.
“It centres on Ida, a rebellious girl who has to cope with a manipulative and a control-freak mother. This is where the light moments come in,” said Razak.
Starring in this movie are Saiful Apek, Fasha Sandha, Waheeda, Azean Irdawaty, Farid Kamil and Pie.
Razak, who has collected RM22mil for eight of the 17 movies he has directed, described his achievement as “a job at which I excelled.”
Three of Razak’s successful movies are mami stories - Anak Mami The Movie (which grossed RM3.2mil), Mami Jarum (RM3.1mil) and Mami Jarum Junior (RM3.2mil).
According to Razak, Anak Mami Kembali is almost like a sitcom where the action pace, repartee, non-verbal expressions and gestures are all-important.
“We have to be very careful that the acting and dialogue do not get out of hand. I am also very impressed with the acting shown by Fasha Sandha who did extremely well this time.
“Azean is such a professional actress and Saiful has lent his superb comic touch to the movie,” said Razak whose credentials include Mistik, Hingga Hujung Nyawa, 7 Perhentian, Cinta Kolestrol, Tangkai Jering and I Know What You Did Last Raya.
Despite his box-office hits, critics often accuse Razak of churning out movies like instant noodles.
“I have heard that before. I appreciate critics because it means people notice what I do.
“There are many types of directors. I am one who sticks to what I do best and I am only good in a certain genre. But I am still working on my skills,” he said.
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