MALAYSIANS KINI | Mention the name Yasmin Ahmad and most Malaysians would fondly recall her series of Merdeka-themed television advertisements.
It has been eight years since the film director passed away. Her vision of a Malaysian family and society, as depicted on screens big and small, is sorely missed by all.
Another fond memory for many people is the likeable characters that Yasmin moulded, such as Orked, who were featured in three of Yasmin's movies - “Sepet”, “Gubra” and “Mukhsin”.
The character was inspired by Yasmin's own sister who goes by the same name.
Orked recalled how each and every project was a labour of love by Yasmin.
Despite having built her own 26-year career with a local bank, Orked said she never missed an opportunity to take part in Yasmin’s projects.
Yasmin’s very first television drama in 2003, “Rabun”, was produced as a present for their father, Ahmad Hashim, who at the time suffered from diabetic complications and had to be warded in an intensive care unit for two weeks.
The storyline itself revolves around the character Pak Atan - as her father is fondly known in real life - and his wife. It was inspired by her father’s quirky relationship with her mother Inom Yon, who passed away in April this year.
Yasmin’s father, like Orked, also helped contribute to her films, including writing the tune to "Keroncong Hujan", the song for the film “Mukhsin”....