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’61 Tahun Mak Masih Tunggu Abah’ – Di Tinggalkan Suami Berlayar, Menanti Kepulangan Selama 61 Tahun, Akhirnya…

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’61 Tahun Mak Masih Tunggu Abah’ – Di Tinggalkan Suami Berlayar, Menanti Kepulangan Selama 61 Tahun, Akhirnya…
’61 Tahun Mak Masih Tunggu Abah’ – Di Tinggalkan Suami Berlayar, Menanti Kepulangan Selama 61 Tahun, Akhirnya…
Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Primeworks Studios, Ahmad Izham Omar berkongsi kisah menyayat hati bapanya yang membesar tanpa kasih sayang seorang bapa sehinggalah membawa kepada pertemuan menyentuh hati di luar negara.

ARTIKEL MENARIK: Zeti, Shukri didakwa perangkap Najib


Kisah Mengenai Datuknya

I’m slumped on the floor, unable to take my eyes away from this poster.

Pulang is about a man who left his poor village life to work on merchant ships, traveling the world. His wife waits for his promised return. For 61 years.

Pulang is about my grandfather.

#PulangTheMovie
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Ahmad Izham menerusi Twitternya berkata filem Pulang yang akan ditayangkan bulan depan adalah mengenai kisah lelaki yang meninggalkan isteri, anak dan kampung halaman untuk mengembara seluruh dunia. Penantian isteri berlarutan selama 61 tahun tanpa khabar berita.


Bawa Anak Isteri Ke Singapura, Naik Kapal Berlepas Malam
Kisah bermula apabila datuknya bernama Othman membawa isteri dan anak lelakinya (bapa Izham) ke Singapura. Katanya dia akan berlepas menaiki kapal pada malam berkenaan dan berjanji akan pulang, namun janji hanya tinggal janji.
Ayah Izham membesar tanpa kasih sayang seorang bapa kemudiannya menerima poskad yang dihantar dari New York, Sri Lanka, Jepun, Hong Kong dan lain-lain lagi. Namun tiada balasan boleh dikirimkan kerana tidak beralamat.
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This is how this whole journey began. And how it is culminating in this amazing movie about to be released.
It all started with a with a story my dad told me…
Around 1946, my grandfather Othman from Serkam, Melaka, brought his wife and son (my father) to Singapore. There he said he was going to work on a ship leaving that night.
He promised to return.
But he never did.
My father grew up without a father. But when he attended STAR boarding school he began receiving postcards from around the world. NYC, Sri Lanka, Japan, Hong Kong etc. And they all came from his father. He never could reply. No forwarding address.
Dapat Biasiswa Ke London
Ahmad Izham kemudiannya ke Liverpool untuk mengetahui cerita sebenar mengenai datuknya itu. Di sana, dia bertemu dengan pengkaji Dr. Tim Bunnell dan menemukan hakikat sebenarnya. Namun, Ahmad Izham tidak mendedahkan perkara tersebut dan mahu khalayak menonton filem ini untuk mengetahuinya.

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In 1966 he got a scholarship to go to London. By that time he knew my grandfather was in Liverpool.

So in June 1966, a week after arriving in London, my father went to Liverpool and found his father after an absence of nearly 20’years.

My dad asked his father why he never returned. His answer: I don’t want to trouble anyone.
Like whut??? But my dad didn’t want to argue in that first meeting. So he didn’t pursue.

But when my father said “Mak masih tunggu Abah”, my grandad was visibly shocked.

I forgot. My father went with another friend to Liverpool Malay Sailors’ Club to find his father. The two of them walked right up and stood in front of my grandfather.

My grandfather looked up and straightaway knew. “Anak aku!”

And after nearly 20 years, they hugged.

Terbang Ke Liverpool Cari Cerita Sebenar

I’m sorry I took some time to continue. Writing this was hard for me.

Anyway, after they met in 1966, something tragic happened.

And all these years, nobody really talked about it.

Then in 2008, I decided to find out the truth.

I went to Liverpool.

Even though I am a Liverpool fan and a self-professed Beatlelogist, in Liverpool my mind was only about finding out the truth.

And in my search I found incredible stories of Malay sailors especially in the writings of Zaharah Othman.

They were something else I tell you.

Malay sailors were on a lot of international ships. They travelled the world. They were favored seamen, good at their work.

Zaharah tells the story of one ‘Pakcik Hamid Carpenter’ whose ship was struck by a German U-Boat. As he was in hanging on to a plank in the sea…

…he was rescued by another ship. Who pulled him up? Another sailor from Melaka. These guys were everywhere!

One became a mayor. One became an actor. One bicycled to the UK.

As I searched some more I came across this amazing paper written by a Dr. Tim Bunnell…
It was called Post-Maritime Transnationalization: Malay seafarers in Liverpool.

Are. You. Kidding. Me.

I ignored the fact that I was on the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour bus and Paul’s house was right in front of me.

I emailed Dr. Bunnell. And I found the truth.

Now I can’t tell you what happened. And what I found. You have to watch the movie haha.
But after the whole adventure, I reflected on what a great story this is. Multi-generation. The mystery. The wait. The anguish. The love story between my grandparents.

I started writing.

After a few drafts I realised I was too close to the story. We brought in Mira Mustaffa. She turned my script into a masterpiece (at least to me lor).

Then we got in Kabir Bhatia. Who in turn turned those words on paper into a piece of art.
We had a great ensemble of actors.

Basecamp CGI, Tommy Mansur production design, Aubrey Suwito music, Imaginex audio. 

The Melaka connection was unplanned. Remy Ishak’s granduncle was also a sailor in Liverpool. Puteri Aishah is related to us we just found out. Aubrey is from Melaka. Lily Haslina the novelist too.

So yeah. You can say this has been a labour of love.

Thanks for listening. Hope you’ll go see the movie.
Ahmad Izham kemudiannya ke Liverpool untuk mengetahui cerita sebenar mengenai datuknya itu. Di sana, dia bertemu dengan pengkaji Dr. Tim Bunnell dan menemukan hakikat sebenarnya. Namun, Ahmad Izham tidak mendedahkan perkara tersebut dan mahu khalayak menonton filem ini untuk mengetahuinya.
Teaser filem Pulang
Layarlah Kembali by Dayang Nurfaizah. The theme song. Written by Aubrey Suwito/Ad Samad. pic.twitter.com/ae2HnuOkhI
— Ahmad Izham Omar (@AhmadIzhamOmar) June 13, 2018
The theme of Pulang is this –
No matter what adventures life take you on, it all means nothing if you don’t have family to come home to.
The following are the three teasers for Pulang that have been released. Trailer out soon. pic.twitter.com/iygV70pteY
— Ahmad Izham Omar (@AhmadIzhamOmar) June 14, 2018
— Ahmad Izham Omar (@AhmadIzhamOmar) June 14, 2018
— Ahmad Izham Omar (@AhmadIzhamOmar) June 14, 2018
— Ahmad Izham Omar (@AhmadIzhamOmar) June 14, 2018
And here’s the novel adaptation. Available at all bookstores, karyaseni app and https://t.co/TdnvL3ajhF and Lazada. pic.twitter.com/WWzXiHoSmp
— Ahmad Izham Omar (@AhmadIzhamOmar) June 14, 2018
Here’s the lyric video to Layarlah Kembali by Dayang Nurfaizah. Written by Aubrey Suwito and Ad Samad. Theme song for Pulang https://t.co/9mfAupTT7H
— Ahmad Izham Omar (@AhmadIzhamOmar) June 15, 2018


Sumber : Ahmad Izham Omar via Ohbulan!

Sumber : adamhawa.

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