Wednesday, December 24, 2008
December 24th, 2008. The end of "Muallaf" four-week run in Singapore.
What can I say? I'm just about the most sentimental person I know.
And those among you who have seen "Talentime", or indeed any of my films or even my Petronas commercials, will click their tongues, cast their eyes skyward, and say, "Well, no shit, Sherlock!"
Mister Thomas Chia of Lighthouse Pictures, I cannot thank you enough for having faith in my work, even way back then, when most people did not. You are God-sent, of that I'm certain.
And all those Singaporeans who watched "Muallaf" once, twice, even three times, many of whom opened up the Holy Quran afterwards, Muslims AND non-Muslims, seeking to find out what Rohana's numbers meant! It was you who led our little film to earn a nett box office taking that's TWICE as much as "Sepet". Thank you so much. You too are a blessing from above.
(I just found out that the very last screening of "Muallaf" at 10:15pm has only two front rows left unfilled. Alhamdulillah.)
And now our film must leave your shores and face the censorship board here. Oh well. It's in God's hands now.
In the words of the last verse of al-Baqarah which Brian read to the coma patient in "Muallaf", "On no soul does God place a burden greater than it can bear."