Orked bukan seperti budak perempuan lain, yang lebih suka bermain masak-masak dan kahwin-kahwin. Dia yang kasar kelakuannya, sukar diterima kanak-kanak lain di kampungnya. Malah, orang kampung memandang aneh keluarga ini seperti ketika Orked dan ibu, Mak Inom bermain hujan sementara ayah, Pak Atan melagukan keroncong.
Satu hari, Orked memerhati budak-budak lelaki bermain ‘hantu galah.’ Bila seorang pemainnya terseliuh kaki ada yang mencadangkan Orked menggantinya, tetapi seorang budak lelaki lagak ketua bukan saja enggan, malah membaling bola ke arahnya.
Orked diam, tidak mengelak biarpun bola yang dibaling keras terkena badannya. Sedang mereka mentertawakannya, dia membalas dengan membaling bola sama ke arah budak lelaki tadi yang terkena dahinya.
Dan, hidup Orked pun berubah.
Kehadiran Mukhsin, budak lelaki itu yang datang bercuti di kampungnya membibitkan persahabatan di antara mereka. Orked malah bergaya seperti Mukhsin – baju dan seluar lusuh, serta berkaki ayam, bermain dengan budak lelaki, memanjat pokok dan berbasikal.
Tapi, sebagai kanak-kanak yang meningkat remaja, Mukhsin mula menyimpan rasa terhadap Orked, menyebabkan ujud permasalahan antara mereka. Dan, bagaimana perasaan cinta mampu merosakkan sebuah persahabatan.
Filem Mukhsin berkisar tentang kasih sayang dan percintaan antara watak Orked, 10, dan Mukhsin, 12. Filem ini memaparkan tentang rasa cinta pertama yang timbul di hati mereka.
Bagaimanapun ketika itu masalah yang timbul ialah Orked masih terlalu mentah untuk bercinta, manakala Mukhsin pula sedang melalui zaman peralihan akil baligh.
Hingga hari terakhir Mukhsin meninggalkan kampung Orked, dia masih gagal meluahkan rasa cintanya.
Lalu Mukhsin pergi meninggalkan satu kenangan cinta indah buat Orked yang turut diminati seorang kanak-kanak Cina di sekolahnya.
Orked is ten. Mukhsin is twelve. They meet during one school holiday and quickly become the best of friends.
With “Mukhsin”, I try to examine one common and uncomfortable human experience: What happens when your best friend – someone with whom you’ve been learning to do cool things like climbing trees, flying kites and riding bicycles – starts to develop romantic notions about you?
I feel it’s an interesting human condition to look at, because I myself have never understood how, sometimes, something as beautiful as Love can threaten to end something else that’s just as beautiful – Friendship.
Barisan Para Pelakon Utama Filem Mukhsin:
- Mohd Syafie Naswip sebagai Mukhsin
- Sharifah Aryana sebagai Orked
- Sharifah Aleya sebagai Mak Inom
- Adibah Noor sebagai Yam
- Fauzan-Pojam …. assistant sound
- Vincent Poon …. production sound mixer
- Alex Thong …. boom operator
Adegan Mukhsin melafazkan kata-kata sayangnya kepada Orked.
Filem Mukhsin adalah filem ketiga arahan Yasmin Ahmad.
Sebelum ini, Filem Mukhsin menerima pencalonan bagi kategori Filem Asia Terbaik dan seterusnya mencatat sejarah menjadi antara filem ditayangkan di Festival Filem Antarabangsa Tokyo buat pertama kalinya.
Filem Mukhsin telah lulus tanpa sebarang pemotongan daripada Lembaga Penapisan Filem (LPF) dan sekaligus mendapat klasifikasi ‘U’ bagi kelulusan untuk ditayangkan di pawagam-pawagam tempatan.
Selepas Filem Mukhsin, Yasmin akan menghasilkan sebuah lagi filem yang berjudul Mualaf. Perkataan Mualaf (orang yang baru memeluk agama Islam) itu sendiri menceritakan apakah yang akan diceritakan pada penonton.
Saya perhatikan, Yasmin Ahmad gemar bercerita pasal masyarakat berbilang bangsa dalam filemnya. Kedua, kebanyakan tajuknya pendek dan satu perkataan sahaja. Sepet, Gubra, Mukhsin, Mualaf…
Majlis pra tonton premiere filem Mukhsin diadakan pada 28 Februari 2007.
Filem Mukhsin bakal menemui penonton di pawagam mulai 8 Mac 2007.
Foto kredit: Grand Brilliance http://www.gbsb.com.my/
Komen juri penilai & penulis lain:
The story is placed between qu’ran school and soccer field, old traditions meet western life.
The film is based upon a true story. The director is Orked herself, and she has really known Mukhsin. Later, she tells the audience after the premiere, a woman has come to her and told her that her father believes that “this film is about him??! The film really enthused me!
The actors are absolutely credible and the story was spiced up with many funny scenes. The music was very well chosen: European songs that don’t actually have anything to do with the county, but would fit Orkeds crazy family.
Also, you learn a lot about life in Malaysia – The story is placed between qu’ran school and soccer field, old traditions meet western life.
2. Oskar E. Levis:
This film deserves a price
There are many beautiful nature scenes, really well done.
This is the story of how a girl named Orked and a boy named Mukshin, meet and become friends. In the course of the film they help and defend each other, play and laugh, day in and day out. But at some point their companionship turns from a very normal friendship into love. This does not go lost on the other children and they make fun of Mukshin and Orked in every way possible.
At first the pair do not care, until it gets to be too much for Mukshin and he forbids Orked from playing with him in front of the other boys. Orked misunderstands this and believes that Mukshin did not say this simply because of the boys.
I liked this film. There were many beautiful nature scenes, really well done. It was nice to see something other than people constantly at the center of attention, as is the case with most Hollywood movies. There is little for me to criticize outside the plot, since love stories are just not my thing.
This film definitely earns an award. It distinguishes itself from many other childrens’ films by foregoing the “chaos” of special effects and hasty scenes, sword fights and the like.
3. Roberta Huldisch:
Portrait of Sharifah Aryana Syed Zainal Rashid
Main cast in “Mukhsin & I”
I’m really excited! Soon I am going to interview the brilliant actress Sharifah Aryana Syed Zainal Rashid, who can be seen as Orked in the film “Mukhsin”. After a few minutes of waiting, Sharifa appears, flanked by the director Yasmin Ahmad, her supervisor and the translator.
She looks very friendly and not at all boastful or arrogant. The first thing Sharifa tells me, is how amazed she is, that I am only twelve like her, because I’m a whole lot taller! During the interview, we get along fantastically. Sharifa is quite relaxed about her career as a film-star: “It feels different, because everybody watches you, but it’s pleasant.”
Although she wants to be in more films now, acting is more like a hobby for Sharifa: “I want to keep on doing it, but actually I want to be a lawyer!” Making the film was “half fun, half exhausting” for her. “The hardest scene was the one were I had to cry, because I just couldn’t find anything to cry about!” Sharifa saw her film for the second time here in Berlin.
How it felt for her? “It was strange to see myself on a big screen, but it was also nice!” In the middle of all the film-watching and press appointments, Sharifa unfortunately had hardly any time to go sightseeing. “On the day I had time, I went shopping”, she sais, laughing. On Wednesday she has to go back to Malaysia.
When the interview is over, we just keep on talking, because we’re getting along so well! Now I know that Sharifa isn’t only a talented actress, but also a very nice person to talk to.
Biodata Yasmin Ahmad: The Director & The Storyteller
A true storyteller, Yasmin Ahmad is beyond doubt a remarkable individual with a lot of passion to share. This passion can be seen clearly in abundance in her film works for the screen. A graduate in the field of Psychology, Yasmin has worn many hats in her working life namely, award winning filmmaker, advertising person, writer, storyteller, blogger and the list goes on.
Copywriting at Ogilvy & Mather was Yasmin Ahmad’s way of trying her hand at advertising. She describes her venture into advertising as “a clueless girl with a dislocated personality stumbling into a haven for failed novelists and talentless playwrights??. But it was there that she discovered the power of words to tell a story and create emotion.
Joining the Leo Burnett advertising agency eight years later as a Creative Director, Yasmin had come full circle in the advertising world. She currently holds the position of Executive Creative Director at Leo Burnett where she is known for the social statements she weaves into Petronas corporate commercials, which she writes and sometimes directs. Needless to say, her time at Leo Burnett was where Yasmin began as a filmmaker.
As a writer and director for television commercials, Yasmin Ahmad has her name on four Cannes Advertising awards including one Gold Lion; 5 D&AD’s; 1 London International Gold statue for Best Print Campaign; 15 Asian Media Marketing Awards; 2 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze orbs from Adfest; 16 One Shows; about 300 Malaysian Kancil Awards (including 3 Golden Kancil Grand Prix’s); 5 Best Commercial of the Year trophies from the Malaysian Video Awards (MVA); and recently, 1 Gold trophy from the MVA for Best Film Director.
For Yasmin, her favourite film achievements are not in the television commercials that she has made but her in her movies. Her TV movie Rabun to which she wrote and directed won the Best ASEAN feature film award at MVA 2003, and was the first Malaysian film to be chosen for competition at the Torino International Film Festival in Italy.
She has also has three feature films Sepet, Gubra and Mukshin to her credit as writer-director. Her film Sepet won the Best ASEAN Film Gold Award at the 2004 Malaysian Video Awards, the Best Film award at the 18th Malaysian Film Festival, the Grand Prix du Jury at the 27th International Festival of Women’s Films in Creteil, France as well as The Best Asian Film award at the 18th Tokyo International Film Festival.
A follow up to Sepet, her other film Gubra is the first Malaysian film to be officially selected for competition at this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival whilst her latest film, Mukshin which is still in its post-production stages has been selected for the 19th Tokyo International Film Festival and the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival.
In her free time, Yasmin listens to Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A as well as Sundanese music such as Sangkala’s Sabilulungan. She also reads extensively, citing Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan as her favourites.