Wednesday, December 24, 2008

December 24th, 2008. The end of "Muallaf" four-week run in Singapore.


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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."

Subhaanallah.

52 comments:

kamal said...

Alhamdulillah

God works in mysterious ways

muhamad afiq bahrim said...

Insyaallah all will be alright for 'muallaf' ooo kak min..

i hope that i will be able to catch the movie in february..

i'll be in malaysia for only a month or so...

so, when ,when will muallaf be arriving in germany? hmm

insyaallah, i'm with you..

Beste Gruessen von Deutschland..
assalamualaikum

Qaisy Jaslenda said...

...and I hope you doing well Ms Yasmin.

Think about yourself sometime!

Love,

Jumping Jane. said...

saya masih belum tengok Muallaf and now i'm reading Orhan Pamuk's Snow - similar in the theme i guess.

nak tengok muallaf!

lhp said...

Yasmin, Thank you for trusting me with Muallaf. Let's not forget to Thank Meileen Choo, CEO, The Management and Staff of Cathay and also Michael Chiang. Without them. None of this would have happened :-)

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Thomas

yasmin said...

emo aku, siot

iDyani Nazahiah said...

Dear Yasmin,

I've always wanted to watch or even buy DVDs of your films and dramas.
But sadly i couldn't find any of them except for Gubra in the local stores.or maybe that i haven't notice?
Can you let me know how i can get my hands on your works, like how can i buy your old films or such?

Thanks for all your beautiful creations!

Much luv,
Id.

RJ said...

x sabar...

Aleeza Zaily said...

emo is normal for creative people like you.. Keep it up girl!

Kris Law said...

I am so happy and emotional for u too, Kak Min.
Oh my gosh, I watched Juno last nite and I swear my yellow shorts idea was stolen. And I never impregnate any girl before. But it got me emotional too. We're all sentimentalists at heart. Great job, Kak Min, sincerely emotional for u too!

monkey said...

heyp.

i cant wait for mualaf here!!!

*lompat2 gembira*

Lynna said...

damn! i should bought the tix during dinner just now... I could have just ran upstairs after work and watched muallaf again for the fourth time since my work ends at 1030pm. hahahaha! ooooooh well... cant wait to get my hands on the dvd so i can watch it with my parents. They are eagerly waiting for the dvd coz i've been telling them how muallaf is full of awesomeness!

manic said...

bring on yasmin, and no, i dont wanna see the censored version. say no to butchering any movies or any works of art for that matter.

mo said...

HI Kak Yasmin,
Will Muallaf be screened in Europe, particularly in the Netherlands? My friend is going there soon for six months and she's very sad tak dpt catch it kat sini .....

Azmi Danuri said...

Yay!

tunggu Talentime.
tgk lagi ok mak?

Jumping Jane. said...

jangan lah emo aunt min!

yasmin said...

salaam, all.

mo, muallaf was playing in amsterdam for a week.

and azmi, my son, we can go watch talentime together.

~*caryn*~ said...

kak min... bila nak bagi kita yang stuck in malaysia ni tengok muallaf and talentime eh? happy christmas and merry new year! ;) mwahs.

chico said...

shoot! kris, you watched juno last night?! is that a coincidence or what..
juno's darn hilarious and sad on the other side..i'm suffering from emoness now upon listening to the OST of the movie though my parents thought the OST sound funny
the other reason i'm kinda emo is i can't watch muallaf!
... ...
i have to watch talent time!!!

yasmin said...

ah liang, email me.

chico said...

for real? gosh...but..i don't have your e-mail address..

mo said...

kawan saya amat sedih mendengar that bit of news ... she was hoping muallaf would be waiting for her to come to netherlands.

btw, kenapa muallaf nyer wiki page penuh spoilers? tak best cam ni ..

Azmi Danuri said...

ok jom, mak!
Talentime err... time!

hannah.banana said...

hello kak min!

i hope the censorship board here doesn't go snip-happy with muallaf.IM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO IT!

anyways,what is talentime about?and how/when is it going to be in cinemas?

much love

Break da' Mic! said...

Owh man...can't wait to watch both Talentime and Muallaf..

It's been a while since I...we all saw any of Yasmin's masterpiece...

Owh...Kay Yasmin, good luck for the censorship board. ; )

Hope they don't cut too much.

The Patient said...

Alhamdulillah!!!

Tahniah Kak Yasmin!

I hope that Muallaf will help us Muslims to keep falling in love with Islam :D

May Allah soften the hearts of the censorship board members (:

IntanCHLY said...

I'm a Malaysian who went all the way in Singapore and one of the things I did was watch Muallaf.

It was worth it. :)

yasmin said...

i am blessed with the kindness of strangers. alhamdulillah.

andy gomes said...

Arggggggggggh!!!!!
i wanna watch it too...
both talentime and muallaf.
i'm emotionally dying=(
its frustrating when u want something so bad but couldn't get it.
sob....sob....sob
ps-fuyooh vliang, she actually called u by name.

muteaudio said...

Salam,
Hope u r in good health. Ramai yg belum dan nak tengok both Muallaf & Talentime, tak nak buat marathon?

en. kacang said...

salam kak yasmin n all...

some said it's one way of da'wah. but brapa ramai yg harus berdosa for this kind of da'wah ?

yasmin said...

salaam en.kacang

tak tau lah nak kata. tapi... why don't we let allah be the judge of that, ek?

Kris Law said...

Yes, Ah Liang (Chico?)....I love the Juno soundtrack too, somewhat hillarious, innocent, simple kind of lyrics. Very much like Kak Min's films too. I got the DVD already, take note of the yellow shorts....it's so damn striking, my eyes got bigger a few inchesm! That's what got me sentimental suddenly (I swear I can feel the emotion running through me when I stumbled a familiar colour-kind-of shorts) upon watching the film, and finally realized the true meaning of sentimentality. It reminds you of something you did some time ago, helps you step back and ponder and be grateful you did it anyway.

Thanks Kak Min, you are somehow responsible in turning me into a positive sentimentalist (stress on the word positive, because I used to be negative). Reason being the comment about the film Juno in your blog, or else I won't even go watch it. That's what I learned this year, I became a positive sentimentalist. New year will be another new lesson, hopefully....funny, one thing leads to another. New year does not bring another year older, but more sentimental.

naziehah said...

People who are looking for faults, will only find faults. People who are looking for love and guidance, will find some of it in your film.

I always find love in your film. Thank you for making beautiful and enlightening movies like this for us.

I will wait patiently (err, tipu. sangat impatiently actually) for to watch Muallaf in Malaysia.

chico said...

and to snap out of the emoness, i'm listening to rock songs from alterbridge and black stone cherry now, kris..LOL..

thank you, kak min..i start doubting my written english since i wrote an essay about my late grandpa (ah gong)..submitted it to the college magazine and received mixed reviews..most said it's too personal and of course the language usage was a bit 'odd'..haha..well, criticism does make us improve..but anyhow, being an artist at heart, i wrote for myself lar..not for the sake of the college readers..like they even care to learn that i'm so proud of my ah gong's hokkienese heritage..hehe

good day, readers of this blpg..good day! ^^

yasmin said...

salaam, all.

chico, the best writings in any language in the history of man are personal ones.

nobody ever said of any piece, "this is really good. it's so impersonal."

and naziehah, i believe you just hit on something truthful.

karateka said...

kak yasmin, it was a great run while it lasted :)

syazana said...

alah.
bosan la camni.
nak tgk jee mesti ade jee censored2.
huwaaa..knape malaysiaa??!!
:(
nak tgk muallaf!

andy gomes said...

kak min,
my sister actually had an assignment from universiti malaya on radical malaysians. according to her, people like amir muhammad, tun doktor mahatir and even yourself made the list. she had to watch sepet over and over again to complete the paper. just wondering, what made you develope such a radical mentality...nothing tricky. hope you will answer this.
god bless=)

reen said...

hye aunt yasmin,you are a great filmmaker indeed.I would love to act in your coming film(: i hope so.

CT said...

I hope the people there will open up their heart and mind and allow this movie to be watch whole..

So that others can enjoy what we have enjoyed and hopefully they, will also watch with open mind and hearts and look beyond all their initial assumptions.

once again, we thank you for ALL ur beautiful movies.

yasmin said...

you know andy, the funny thing is, i never set out to do anyhing radical. just want to tell a story and express some personal feelings about people and their little, every day struggles in life.

Kris Law said...

Yikes, since when Kak Min's films are radical? Funny, why different people perceives you so differently. Hence, perception without really knowing the person closely is purely speculation. Again, can you actually tell a person through his or her writing? I find that hard to accept.

Stories about people and their little everyday struggles in life is really your great forte.

I believed I heard this line: "this is really good. it's so impersonal." in a comedy show somewhere. Indeed, the best writings in any language in the history of man are personal ones. My "Panjang" came into mind.

So looking forward to Muallaf....Talentime...Waserunaga. May the Balinese wind fans your inspiration for great stories even more...

PS: Just bored and drop a line here.

ryann said...

tak sabar tunggu filem2 yasmin

andy gomes said...

kak min....
hahaha...thats funny. i actually developed a radical mentality myself, mostly inspired on your works. i make time out of my everyday life to think of your works....what a freak i am. well, maybe it's just more to the idea that the public presecutes our taughts just because its different. it takes a long time for people to accept changes.

ps-hi kris, remember me? i auditioned for your movie at taman paramount the other day. i even mentioned that i'm a big yasmin ahmad fan during the audition. well, take care=)

Kris Law said...

Yes, Andy. And you're hillarious during the audition, we had so much fun didn't we? You're quite a character. Hahaha....

You're the radical guy, that's right. But not Kak Min la....you salah orang la. Ceh.....

arra said...

kat mane nak dpt dvd muallaf?
i've assgnment about movie n i would love to do some research bout muallaf.

pr said...

...and another tip 'o the hat to Thomas Chia as well...thanks for keeping Yasmin's films alive Thomas...

aloha

-pr

Ms. Lili@ said...

Kak Yasmin,

I was there being able to catch the very last show of Muallaf!! I didn't know it was the last show you see, coz I went to Singapore on that day itself.. Nasib baik sempat, phew..

I must say, it was such remarkable piece...so proud of you...! Such a shame it's banned here in Malaysia though. I wish I can share with the rest of Malaysian especially my family & friends on how great the movie is, but it was beyond words. Seeing is believing kan.

Keep it up ya! Salam tahun baru 1430H and 2009.

madey said...

hi kak min,

like other peoples, i pon nak tau mane boleh dapat tgok cerita muallaf nih..or maybe i boleh beli from u..rase excited sgat...

even ramai org yg misjudged muallaf, mesti ade something yang tersirat =)

ameirul azraie bin mustadza said...

nak tengok muallaf! :)

Lady Sizuka said...

Ssoobb soobbb... i definitely will buy muallaf VCD! Ori lagi taw..
with all best wishes Kak Yasmin.