Editor’s Note: This post on the problems that need fixing in the Malaysian film industry was first published on Shanjhey Kumar Perumal’s Facebook page. We’re republishing it here with his permission in hopes that it reaches a wider audience.
A well-known TV Station contacted me to become a jury for their upcoming award show for their recent Tamil TV Series. I had to politely say no as a sign of subtle protest.
I do appreciate the fact that finally, the TV Station has been giving lots of projects for the local production houses particularly young people.
Last year, my friends and I (we used to be part of a protest coalition) sent them the appreciation letter and requested a few changes to happen. Until today, there are no changes.
What is the point of having an award show when there are lots of important things to be settled first?
I know lots of producers won’t talk about this openly. Let me be the one who bites the bullet for them. I’m writing this hoping there will be a significant positive change in the future.
PS: I urge the TV station people and the content producers to watch Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Ten episode series ‘Dekalog‘ (1988). It’s a masterwork on how to make an impactful sociological story without preaching and without using long dialogues.
Cover image for 9 Problems That Need Fixing In The Malaysian Film Industry sourced from Filmdoo.