Woke up this morning to find out that Yasmin Ahmad has passed on…
Honestly saying, the impact was greater than the leaving of Michael Jackson.
She (Yasmin Ahmad), is one person I really look up too, for the sake of Malaysia’s film industry, that she is by far I know, someone who managed to brought up the film and advertising industry in Malaysia to a greater level, greatly the eye opener to all Malaysians.
Every festive season, I will always hunt for her long ad, that I was actually waiting for the Merdeka ad, which I know for sure it will be good, and yes no question ask and no doubt about it.
Unfortunately, good things always come to an end, the greater it is, and the faster it ends. Guess I won’t be seeing any ads which will have the quality content like hers, but I hope one day when I turn on the TV, I will see some local ads which will give me the great impact as she does, in fact all the time. She was the one that I started collecting advertisements as a collection, just for the sake of watching it over and over again, and wonderful enough, you don’t get bored over it.
I don’t have to say more on why the impact is great, on every Malaysian, and I was honour to have met her in person when she gave a speech during the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, I remembered she shared this story…
“When I was having this meeting with the director for the Merdeka ad, I wanted to use this little boy as the main actor for the ad, but I got all the rejection from the directors asking why do I choose an Indian boy to be in the great Merdeka ad? I said I did not choose an Indian boy, I chose a Malaysian in the ad!”
One Little Indian Boy
Now you know?! Why?! Her films gave such great impact? We often draw lines within race in Malaysia; we often forget that we are Malaysians, which her films are those that always try best to pull our mindset back to the concept of unity. Some people said her films are controversial enough, that is why people love watching it. But I say NO, her films are true Malaysian films that Malaysia supposes to be.
Some of her great films are like... In fact I shall say all her films are good.
(Sepet, Gubra, Muallaf, Mukhsin and those festive ads that you will never want to miss)
Here are some of the videos I would like to share, just if you haven't come across to these great ads, and my A+ ranking ads too....
Background of this Tan Hong Ming advertisement.
It’s indeed the greatest loss for all Malaysians, and hope one day, we will be seeing true Malaysian films again. Yasmin Ahmad, you are greatly missed.