Posts Tagged ‘premiere’

When producer/ director, Mohamed Aboobakuru aka Maaenboo asked me to write Neydhen Vakivaakah, I repeatedly requested him that he should take it as a challenge to make it better than all the movies he has done so far. After watching the premiere of the film last night, I am really impressed and happy to see that he has risen to the occasion by delivering a pleasantly well-balanced film that the audience thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. This is his best work to this date by many miles.

Official Poster

Few minutes into the film, I knew the audience was hooked. They had a whale of a time reacting to the jokes, the unexpected twists and turns that were unconventional for a romantic drama including some red herrings thrown here and there. Above all the performances by the entire cast kept the audience fully engaged.  My wife, my strictest critique from whose feedback I always consider if a film I have written has hit the bullseye, rated it as one of the most delightful screenplays I have written so far. Phew!

As usual, the heavyweight actors, Yoosuf Shafeeu, Fathimath Azeesha, Ahmed Saeed and Arifa Ibrahim were a real treat to watch. The role played by Yoosuf Shafeeu reminded me of his National Award winning role from Vehey Vaarey Therein but with more contrast, control and maturity.

Fathimath Azeesha played the sympathetic girl next door who has shut herself from any romantic involvement because of a tragic past. She kept her acting simple and believable as her character comes of out the shell, goes back in, comes out again only to find that she has much bigger sufferings to confront.

There’s nothing more to be said of Ahmed Saeed. In this film, he once again turned in a memorable performance. This actor can play any given role he is offered with his eyes closed. He has proven how versatile he is by playing completely different characters in three of his films that were released this year.

But it was fashion designer/ choreographer, Jaadhulla Ismail in his maiden role in a film that surprised everyone. He was very likable and showed great depth in his acting. He was funny in the first half with his comic timing spot on. He then showed unbelievable restraint in the second half by relying entirely on his acting as he had barely any dialogues to deliver. He understood his character well and was aware of his character arc. I hope he continues to appear in many more films.

Shoutout also goes to Ahmed Azmeel and Naashidha. Their roles were small but they were important to the narrative.

I congratulate the entire team for a job well done. Keep up the good work in entertaining the audience.

Cheers!

Late yesterday evening, the three producers of INGILI (Finger) met with an entrepreneur at West Park to discuss if he was interested in the theatrical and DVD distribution of the film. Unlike any other meeting we have had so far, this meeting contained numerical figures and calculations, I mean lots of both. I think we must have had spent about 45 or more minutes with the calculators of our smart phones.

To be honest, at first I was lost, thanks to my impressive mathematic skills when I was in school. The teachers ran out of starts and gave me full moons. Anyway, after a lot of explanation, I did start to understand the mathematical work outs. We wrapped up the meeting with this entrepreneur showing strong signs of, well, drumrolls, taking up the distribution. Fingers crossed.

In this meeting we have also agreed to fast track INGILI for a February premiere. Yay! We do have an agreed date but it will be made official somewhere in early February. Finally! But before that, we still have so much work to do. Producer/ director Ravee will be coming up with a schedule to shoot the music video of the song aptly titled ‘INGILI’ performed especially for the film by Traphic Jam, the most popular heavy metal band in Maldives. This music video will be used in the end credits of the film.

A night ago, Ravee invited a popular music couple for a test screening of INGILI. Their feedback has really raised our spirits. They never expected the film to be entertaining. Both of them agreed the film never had a dull moment despite the story taking place in one location with just two actors. The husband who is both a good critique and an ardent Dhivehi film lover said that INGILI is the best Dhivehi film he has seen so far. Whoops! I’m getting lifted from my chair…

Cheers!