The romantic comedy Heart-Break.Com returns to the silver screen with the sequel Heart-Break.Com: Aku dan Dia (Me and You). Directed by Affandi Abdul Rachman, the film features some of Indonesia’s hottest showbiz talent. DA MAN met up with four of the stars.
by Peter Zewet
While there have been many models-turned-actors since the revival of the Indonesian movie industry over the last decade, Fedi Nuril is without a doubt one of the success stories, thanks to his role in highly acclaimed Ayat-Ayat Cinta (Verses of Love) in 2007. “I started acting at the time when my fellow model friends were moving to the film industry,” admits Fedi, a graduate in accounting from the University of Indonesia. “At that time, I was doing it because I didn’t want to feel left out. Then after getting the opportunity to be involved in good movie projects, and working with talented people in the industry, I realized that acting was something that I really wanted to do.” He made his acting debut in 2004, and Fedi has since made six more movies, and got into music. Pursuing his music and film ambitions has kept Fedi focused. Known for doing serious roles, Fedi is happy to be involved in a romatic comedy.
The comedian Omesh returns to the big screen to reprise his role in the sequel to Heart-Break.Com. Making his debut in the first film, Omesh’s popularity has been on the rise since he first made his mark in the entertainment industry three years ago. “I was one of the thousands of hopefuls that took part in the audition for Extravanganza: Goes to Campus in 2007,” recalls Omesh with a smile. “I almost backed out of the audition, but my friends supported me all the way.” Extravanganza, the prime-time TV comedy-variety show, proved to be a big stepping-stone for Omesh. Known for his funny personality, this student of Padjajaran University started to get offers to be a presenter for various TV programs, which he took. To date, the 24-year-old has been the presenter on a wide variety of shows, making him a recognizable person, as well as garnering him a legion of fans. “I’m excited to be working with Affandi again,” says Omesh of the director. “I learned so much from the first film, and since then, I’ve been offered many more acting jobs from a number of producers.”
“I’m an accidental actor,” says Rizky jovially when asked how he began his acting career. “I started in the film industry on the artistic crew, behind the scenes.” A graduate in advertising from the University of Indonesia, Rizky originally tried to get a job with advertising firms. With no luck there, he applied to a production house that was looking for a storyboard artist. Rizky was offered a position in the artistic department, which he decided to try. “The first few films I was involved in, I was doing fieldwork,” says Rizky. “I was working for a number of production houses until I was finally given the opportunity to do my first storyboard for a film.” On his second storyboard project for the film Ungu Violet (Purple Violet) in 2005, the director of the film saw in Rizky the character he needed for one of the lead roles. Rizky was offered a part that he originally declined, but finally took after some convincing from the director. Co-starring alongside Dian Sastrowardoyo, Rizky got noticed. “I personally don’t think I gave the best performance then, but I learned so much. By the time I was offered another role in a movie, I was better prepared. I wanted to be able to give a better performance even though being an actor was not my aspiration then,” says Rizky. A dedicated father, the 30-year-old star laughingly says this is “one movie where I got slapped a lot by my acting partners. But I’m thankful to be able to work on this sequel of Heart-Break.Com”
After modeling for several years, Yama Carlos became a dedicated actor. “As a model, I joined a big agency in Jakarta in 2004; it was then I realized my limitations in the industry, among which I needed to be of a certain height to be a successful male model,” Yama recalls. “I decided to seriously pursue a career in the movie industry then.” The road has not been easy. “I went through numerous casting calls and got rejected early on. I had to overcome a problem that I suffered from—stuttering,” remembers Yama. His persistence paid off, starting with a role in the film Belahan Jiwa (Soul Mate) in 2005. Then, roles started trickling in. Yama had taken each role as an opportunity to learn as much as he could. “I’m lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from some of the best people in the industry.” Born Hamba Ramanda 30 years ago in Semarang, Central Java, Yama is commited to his art. “I see myself more as an actor now than a model. I like the challenges that acting presents and I love exploring different characters,” he says. “I’m not afraid to tackle any roles!” With over 10 films under his belt, including the critically acclaimed Ruma Maida (Maida’s House) in 2009, Yama has become an actor to watch out for. On the sequel of Heart-Break.Com, Yama enthuses: “It’s great to be working with a very talented cast and it’s been another great experience working with the production team.”
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