Newcomer Sahal Zaman wins Hong Kong Film Award

Hong Kong actor Sahal Zaman kisses his statuette for winning Best Newcomer award at the 41st Hong Kong Film awards in Hong Kong on April 16, 2023. Photo: AFP


TEN-year-old Sahal Zaman, who starred in Malaysian director Lau Kok Rui’s first feature film, The Sunny Side of the Street, won Best New Performer at the Hong Kong Film Award, reported China Press.

The Pakistani actor beat Edan Lui, the favourite to win for his performances in Chilli Laugh Story and Hong Kong Family.

Malaysian actor Michelle Yeoh presented Zaman with the award during the ceremony on Sunday.

“Never give up!” she said to the young actor.

Salman thanked God, his parents, Lau, and his co-star Anthony Wong for giving him pointers on acting throughout filming.

Zaman made history that night by being the first south Asian actor to be nominated for and win the Hong Kong Film Award.

The Sunny Side of the Street is produced by Petra Films and centres on a friendship between a taxi driver and a 10-year-old Pakistani refugee fleeing the city.

> The cost of keeping the Zoo Negara panda enclosure air-conditioned costs RM40,000 each month, reported Sin Chew Daily.

The zoo’s deputy president Rosly Rahmat Ahmat Lana said the temperature at the Giant Panda Conservation and Exhibition Centre is maintained at a cool 23°C all day to keep the pandas comfortable.

“The cost of food is reasonable by comparison. It is around RM4,000 every month,” he said.

While visitors to the zoo increased from 700,000 to one million in the two years after the arrival of the pandas in 2014, the numbers have since dropped.

In addition to the rental fee of US$1mil (RM4.4mil) to China and the US$1.2mil (RM5.28mil) for the two panda cubs born here, the zoo is finding it difficult to turn a profit.

> Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan was believed to have made a Freudian slip when he reportedly said he was happy to have worked with “lousy actors” in his latest film, reported China Press.

He was said to have quickly corrected himself, blaming it on his poor command of Mandarin.

However, many Internet users believed Chan was commenting about his co-star Liu Haocun, who played his daughter in the film.

“He did not want to say what was in his heart but ended up saying it anyway,” one netizen wrote.

It was reported that Ride On was only rated 6.8 by viewers on the online database Douban.

● The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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