The artiste tells how Gol Dan Gincu Vol. 2 is a ‘major transformation’ that helps her acting career grow
ABOUT 13 years ago, Gol Dan Gincu made popular actress Nur Fazura Sharifuddin a household name as a spoilt girl named Puteri who learns futsal to win back her boyfriend.
The 2005 film that highlighted women’s empowerment also starred Sazzy Falak, Sharifah Amani, Zarina Zainoordin, Datuk Zahim Albakri and Ashraf Sinclair. It was directed by Bernard Chauly and produced by Red Communications.
Gol Dan Gincu, which also became a TV series that ran from 2006 to 2007, is back as Gol Dan Gincu Vol. 2 on Oct 25, with a new cast of young women passionate about futsal like Puteri and her friends.
Maintaining only a couple of original cast members, such as Amani and Sazzy, the new film has popular actress Datin Diana Danielle as the new protagonist Zak, who learns to change her self-centred and confrontational ways to become a likeable young woman with good futsal skills.
Producer Lina Tan said Gol Dan Gincu Vol. 2 follows the life of Zak who thinks the world revolves around her alone.
She gets into a cat fight with another self-centred university mate, Zakiah (Ummi Nazeera), and they both face disciplinary action in the form of community service.
They are sent to a home for troubled youths managed by Jijie (Amani), and it is here that they both begin to change their nasty ways by mastering futsal and working as a team, alongside the other problematic teens.
"The new film zooms in on a host of contemporary social problems faced by youths, and this includes the rampant abuse of social media," said Tan in a recent interview.
“Both Zak and Zakiah reflect the youths of today, and their journey to redemption comes when they learn to get along with others who share a similar passion and interest in sports such as futsal.
“The team work, discipline, responsibility, focus and passion that come with the game gradually gets them back on track,” she added.
She said that Zak was not a “new Puteri” and Diana’s character had a back story that was different from that of the first film’s protagonist.
Diana said while she admired Fazura’s portrayal of Puteri, she did not reference Puteri to play Zak.
“Gol Dan Gincu Vol. 2 is definitely not a sequel to Gol Dan Gincu but a story that stands on its own. The main theme of this film is the abuse of social media and how youths tend to be too dependent on information technology, to the extent of damaging inter-personal relationships and not speaking to their loved ones," said Diana.
"People care too much about their image on social media but are not strong enough to handle criticism. Our obsession with the Internet is a serious problem because it leads to alienation and the disappearance of friendship and family values."
Below is recent interview with Diana:
WHEN AND WHERE DID FILMING TAKE PLACE?
A: We filmed around the Klang Valley, especially in Kuala Lumpur, from January to February.
All of us had a great time on the set. The story was pretty simple and light-hearted.
This is my second collaboration with Red Communications after Kami Histeria five years ago, which was also a blast.
HOW DID YOU GET THE ROLE?
A: I was invited by Lina and director Umie Omar to audition for the role of Zak.
I’ve known both of them since Kami Histeria, especially Umie who played my bandmate Jojo in the horror-comedy.
Frankly, I did not have high hopes of being cast as Zak since many of the hopefuls who attended auditions for the role were younger than me, and looked a lot like university and college students.
Many of them also excelled in futsal, while I am rather kaki bangku (weak in sports).
I’m very lucky to have clinched the role of Zak. It’s great to play someone who is more of a teenager than my real self.
It’s fun to do this. I liked how Erra Fazira played Iedil Putra’s love interest in the romantic comedy Ngorat in 2012.
Even though she is a decade older than Iedil, she easily made herself a 20-something again, and they had great on-screen chemistry.
WHAT QUALITIES DID THE PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR SAY YOU HAD WHICH LANDED YOU THE ROLE?
A: Lina and Umie told me I had the physique, confidence, girl-next-door look and determination to make Zak look real.
It also helped that I get along great with Ummi since we grew up together in the same neighbourhood, Ampang in Kuala Lumpur.
We’ve known each other since I was 11 and she was 13.
We really hit it on the set, even though we are acting together for the very first time.
It’s great to have two young mums playing youngsters in a movie such as this — we are on the same wavelength!
HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY WITH YOUR WILD CHILD CHARACTER?
A: Zak is the opposite of me — she is aggressive while I’m sweet.
Nevertheless, I like Zak a lot because she is honest and dares to speak her mind, regardless of the consequences.
Zak is very strong-willed but she actually puts on a tough exterior because she is quite insecure. I’ve met and befriended such people, so I can empathise with Zak a lot.
Her kaki gaduh (easily provoked into a fight) habit may be annoying to most of us, myself included, but a lot of it has to do with her loneliness and unhappiness.
Despite having disciplinary problems, Zak is a good girl at heart.
She generates ideas but expects others to do things for her. She gradually redeems herself by taking responsibility for her actions.
As for her temper, I guess I’m a lot cooler than her, though sometimes I blow my top especially when people insult my closest friends.
Zak dropping out of college is something that I never believe in doing. My mother always insisted that I complete my education and get a paper qualification.
WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE ACTOR ON THE SET?
A: I like this new actor, Jad Hidhir, a lot. He is one of the main actors in the story, and his character is an underdog who often gets bullied by Syafiq Kyle’s character.
Jad has a solid background in theatre and he readily gets into his role.
He is very meticulous in memorising his lines, besides improvising and developing his character.
As a co-star, he is one of the most jovial and jolly persons to work with.
I also enjoy working with Syafiq because he really works hard and is passionate about his craft.
Syafiq likes to take on roles which are the opposite of him in real life. He loves to challenge himself in every new film project.
Both Syafiq and Jad seek my advice on how to improve their screen roles since I’m their senior in showbusiness.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE DIRECTOR’S STRONGEST QUALITIES?
A: Umie and I are best friends. She’s a friendly director who discusses the storyline with the actors all the way.
Each of us is allowed to give our feedback on how our characters’ journeys should go.
At the end of the day, we reach decisions based on consensus.
Umie is a good listener and open-minded director.
She is also well-read and knows what she wants out of the story.
She has been part and parcel of Red’s film projects for the longest time, and I first met her on the set of Magika.
WHAT WERE YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGES ON THE SET?
A: I’m not good at football or futsal, even though I have played basketball and still enjoy it — after all I’m part-American!
Thank goodness Lina and Umie got some skilful players to give me a crash course in futsal, so it took me about a week to master the basics of the game.
I didn’t have to play an entire game, just make a few kicks and dribbles here and there, to look believable, since the supporting actors did most of the playing for me.
Nevertheless, playing Zak has made me develop some interest in futsal. Perhaps I’ll learn to play the game at my own pace during my free time!
As for physical challenges, thank goodness I didn’t have any. It was a lot tougher and harder in Magika where I had to escape from collapsing bridges and fire-breathing dragons!
WHAT DID YOUR HUSBAND FARID (DATUK FARID KAMIL) SAY ABOUT ZAK?
A: As a rule of thumb, Farid and I don’t comment on each other’s film roles.
Nevertheless, he was rather surprised to see me cut my long locks just to play Zak.
He told me he missed my old hairstyle but understood the necessities of playing a tomboyish character such as Zak.
I told him a little bit about Zak, and he pretty much identified with her, since she is a flawed person who finds redemption, just the kind of heroine he likes.
As for feedback, all he said was “best wishes to the new futsal girl in town”.
HOW DID THE CHILDREN LIKE ZAK?
A: Muhammad didn’t like me cutting my hair, and for days he wasn’t in a good mood.
However, he’s slowly got used to seeing his mum with short hair.
As for Aurora, she wasn’t bothered at all. She loves her mum regardless of whether her hair is long or short.
ANY NEW SKILL THAT YOU LEARNT PLAYING ZAK THAT YOU WILL USE IN FUTURE FILMS?
A: Zak is a fashionista, so I’ve learnt several fashion tips from her, and these will come in handy in future entertainment awards, dramas, talk shows and product launches.
Despite being an actress, I haven’t quite followed the latest trends in fashion but now that I’ve got to know Zak, I’m going to do so, one way or another.
The main lesson of Zak is that everybody deserves a second chance in life, especially if he or she is a good-natured person.
We all make mistakes. That’s part of life and we should not be quick to judge others as losers or no-hopers.
Zak has shown me, and all of us, that if you are willing to make amends for your past mistakes, you should go ahead and do so and nobody should dampen your spirits — where there is a will there is a way.
Zak also brings us the message that we must be true to ourselves, that nobody should put on a mask and pretend to be someone whom he or she is not.