Interview with director Osman Ali

Filming of Sinaran at Resorts World Sentosa

Following the filming at Resorts World Sentosa’s S.E.A. Aquarium, the film crew of Sinaran: The Movie were back at RWS. This time, they were here to film a scene in front of the Universal Globe at the entrance of Universal Studios Singapore.

Here’s a quick summary of the movie:

Sinaran: The Movie is a musical-dance romance about how college freshman, Shila, learns about life and love in the face of challenges. The movie is set against the music of popular Malaysian diva Sheila Majid who also has a cameo in the film.

The movie is still in production with plans to release in December 2014 in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

We pulled Osman Ali, the director of Sinaran, aside during one of the short production breaks to find out just why Sinaran will capture the Malaysian ad Indonesian moviegoers.


RWSCoop: Besides featuring A-list celebrities such as Sheila Majid, Lisa Surihani and Evan Sanders, how will this movie attract the attention of Malaysian and Indonesian audience? What is unique about the audience in Malaysia and Indonesia?

Osman: The most evergreen genre for movies in Malaysia and Indonesia is the love story.

Since before time, the love story has been the most popular genre. This continues today as some of the highest grossing films in Malaysia and Indonesia are love stories, for example Ombak Rindu (Love Waves) in Malaysia [directed by Osman Ali] and Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? (What’s Up with Love?)

For Sinaran, we combine the popular love story genre with music to make this a sweet and happy show. Plus, we’re filming at Resorts World Sentosa so an action film wouldn’t make sense.

Q: Sinaran is a musical-dance movie which reminds us of movies from P. Ramlee who is an icon of the golden era of Malay movies in the 1960’s. How much have those types of movies influenced Sinaran?

Indeed, since P. Ramlee‘s era, Malay movies have the tradition of including musical scenes. So Sinaran can be considered a tribute to P. Ramlee’s movies.

Since we’re filming in Singapore, this movie is another tribute to P. Ramlee who started out his movie career in a film studio in Singapore that was set up by Shaw Brothers.


Last week, RWScoop interviewed the two leads in Sinaran: The Movie, to find out what and think are the most challenging part of filming the show.

Sinaran: The Movie is set to release in December 2014.

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