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Anugerah Skrin 2010 returned this past Tuesday night for the second episode of the Drama Show. After watching Group A‘s performance last week, it was up to the second twelve contestants who made up Group B, to up the ante and prove to the watching audience that they too deserved to be where they are in the competition. Cos let’s face it, time and time again, we keep on hearing the same thing about having looks but not enough talent to boot. So it was Group B‘s turn to show that they are made of sterner stuff. As mentioned on last Friday‘s results show, the theme for this week’s drama segments was “Romance“.
Shahril Wahid, the host for the show…
Due to its general theme, naturally I was expecting a lot of love being showered all over by the characters portrayed by the contestants. However, I was surprised that all three segments ended up as tensed affairs culminating in shouting matches and in the case of the last one, it ended with one of the guys (Fadzli Mohamad who played as “Zul“) getting “beaten up”. So much for love and romance there. But hey, I’m not gonna start blaming the scriptwriters about it for the apparent “misleading”, since weekly general themes are afterall not supposed to be rigid and open to expansion. And so, I begin by scrutinising the performances of each individual contestant:
Syirah Jusni – Syirah kept her portrayal simple, with her facial expressions matching her voice intonation. Not much impact due to limited lines. But where she lacked, she made up for it with astute delivery. Well she has to, as she has some theatre background, so the onus to perform better than the rest weighs heavily on her. A looker who at first glance reminds me of Huda Ali but she looks like Fiza O in this snapshot…
Aidil Jufri – He has an easily likeable face to begin with. Aidil displayed good portrayal of angry emotions at the start, but then his momentum went downhill a bit as Erwin‘s character came into the picture. He needs to strike a good balance and show a smooth transition between anger and calm. His voice tones and breathing somehow betrayed his outlook as one could see the jitters in him.
Aziela Roza – Along with Halimah Yahaya, Roza was another contestant I had the benefit of witnessing during the auditions. Somehow, Roza seemed unfocused of what’s happening at the beginning, looking down and trying not to smile. Even when Syirah‘s character appeared, she was still trying to stifle her laughter. To her credit, she improved as the scene progressed, the highlight of her performance being the cracking of her voice when she pleaded with Erwin‘s character, which to me is an art that not many of the contestants could do naturally, period.
Erwin Shah – On the surface, Erwin comes across as a nice boy who is incapable of showing his anger. For this role, he had to open up and act as the protective brother to Roza‘s character. Alas his real-life good natured personality got the better of him. Even when he tried to show his anger, one can’t help but feel that he needs to work a wee bit harder on this aspect. By the way, Happy Belated Birthday to you bro. He celebrated his birthday this past Tuesday 11th May 2010.
Collectively as a group I would say that their chemistry is at best patchy especially between Aidil‘s character and Erwin‘s. I just felt that both guys were not going all out when they were interacting with each other. One could sense how much they were holding back, just by looking at the uneven flow of emotions being put forward. The ones who did reasonably well were Syirah and to some extent, Aidil. Roza needs to remain focused and Erwin needs to shed away his goody-goody image and personality for his character, if he wants to be taken seriously. Cos even when he tried to show his anger, I felt like laughing seeing him with a goofy face.
Nasriah Zainuddin – The most unique contestant by virtue of being the only hijab-wearing lady. While Nasriah‘s cries and mucus-inducing performance were rather commendable, her naturally stern-sounding voice did not lend justice to her overall. Her role required her to be soft, yet firm with her stand against pre-marital sex. As such she should learn to soften her tone and be a little more gentle in the way she speaks, cos she did sound like a gangster when she asked Ariff‘s character who were the other couple who came into the scene.
Firuz Khan – I could not find much fault with Firuz other than the fact that his eyes were shifty when it was not his turn to speak. He would do well to learn to be aware that the cameras are still focusing on him even when he remains quiet and not break character. His strong point was matching his tone of voice with the anger on his face. The classic eye-ball popping expression was simply spot-on.
Jasmine Amira – I did not quite like the way she entered the scene and said, “Eh Zed??? Kau rupanya…” The tone of her voice and her expressions did not come off as natural. The first thing that came to my mind when I saw that was, why did she ask the question when she already knew it was him, since she uttered those words even before she looked at his face. Her overall performance was also forgettable as she drifted in and out of emotions, unsure of when to press on with her tone and when to be relaxed.
Ariff Salleh – My namesake did a tremendous job portraying his character as a rich playboy who sees women as nothing more than sex objects. However, as the segment neared its end, he undid all the good work he had done by confusing the viewers whether he had meant to laugh or cry after losing Nasriah‘s character. It would be interesting to see how he fares in other roles after this as I’m afraid that with this performance, he might be typecast as a villain in future.
In a nutshell, this was an opposite of the first group’s performance. While the earlier group’s male characters had little chemistry, I thought the two guys here were feeding off each other’s energy very well. But the one whose chances of progressing to the next round I fear the most is Jasmine. She seemed quite troubled trying to balance the different emotions of her character. Yes it was quite challenging for her but the same could be said of the others as well. The nice thing about this scene was it was filmed a stone’s throw away from home.
Diana Amran – Diana‘s voice reminds me of Huda Ali. At certain angles she looks like the real McCoy. Heck, even when I saw her from the back at the results show last Friday, I almost called her “Huda” until she turned around and saved me from possible embarrassment. But I think she is a cross between Linda Onn and my old friend, Liza Hanim. Ok I know I am drifting away from what I’m supposed to do and that is to comment on her performance. Frankly speaking, I only have one word to describe it: Excellent!!! Enough said!!!
Alfhian Dalan – When I watched his overall performance, I can’t help but be reminded of another old friend, Nick Mikhail. In fact I could imagine Mikhail himself delivering this role with extreme ease. Personally I feel that Alfhian was the best performer amongst the guys this week with his suave, yet cunning outlook. He obviously knew when to be devious and play around with his facial expressions, even when he did not have lines to deliver.
Sarah Anissa – Even though Sarah could be commended for being able to bring the tears out, her voice projection seemed rather muffled as I tried to listen to her dialogue. One thing Sarah needs to be wary of is how she delivers her lines. Besides muffling, she was also dribbling over her words. It’s not a rap-fest my dear. Her emotions should also remain focused and not drift away from what she had portrayed originally, but overall she did well. Not bad, but not spectacular either.
Fadzli Mohamad – He has the look of a villain, but his role required him to be soft-spoken, which came off a bit odd in my opinion. His facial expressions showed that he looked sly and his apparent forced tone of voice did not come across as natural. When he spoke softly to Sarah‘s character, or to be fair at least he attempted to, he was smirking when he should have put on a softer stance.
Collectively, their chemistry as a group was excellent, the best of all who had performed over the past two weeks. Diana and Alfhian stood out with their excellent deliveries and their confidence actually spread on to the other two, even if Fadzli had come up a bit short individually with his patchy performance. Fadzli it has to be said, is possibly playing with fire, especially if the judges’ votes are not kind towards him.
I have good news for Group B. I think overall they did generally better than Group A. Could it be due to the extra week of practising on their own, even though they would have gotten their scripts a few days before filming their respective segments just like Group A??? One thing’s for sure from my own personal observations, as it stands right now, there are several raw diamonds in Group B waiting to be polished further. In the weeks to come and provided they are still in the competition, we would hopefully be seeing them improve on their respective performances and capture the imagination of audiences alike. Till the results show tomorrow night, here’s a reminder that the lines to vote for the Group B contestants will close tomorrow evening at 6pm. The voting codes have already been included in the snapshots I took above…