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Sharifah Amani

Sharifah Amani

Actress, 2013

A lot of fun, a lot of places to go, a lot of things to see. Really futuristic. It’s a very nice ambience!

04 June 2013

Sharifah Amani Syed Zainal Rashid Al-Yahya is a young up-coming Malaysian actress and the second daughter of veteran Malaysian actress, Fatimah Abu Bakar.

Of a Malay-Chinese-Arab-Bengali parentage, Amani, as she is fondly known, speaks fluent English, Malay and some Hindi. As a teen writer for the New Straits Times’ YouthQuake, Amani covered assignments like the Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla press conference, concerts by Bollywood stars, Deep Purple and the 3rd IIFA Awards in Genting Highlands.

A lot of fun, a lot of places to go, a lot of things to see. Really futuristic. It’s a very nice ambience!

Amani has also dabbled in theatre, having acted as Ophelia in the Bangsar Actors Studio’s Hamlet, directed by Faridah Merican.

Her famous character Orked in Yasmin Ahmad’s Sepet has brought her the Most Promising Newcomer Award for the 18th Malaysian Film Festival 2005 and later in the sequel Gubra has brought her into the Best Actress Award in the 19th Malaysian Film Festival 2006. The success and her love for acting motivated her to involve actively in local productions, from movies to dramas.

She had also played the supporting role as a sexually abused teenager in the film Gol & Gincu.

She co-starred in the Malaysian film, Cinta, where she is one of ten actors playing 5 different couples portraying different situations based on the theme of love and relationships. Her mother co-stars with her in this movie.

Sharifah Amani was in Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in late 2007 and early 2008 to shoot upcoming romantic comedy drama for TV3 after her success in Emil Emilda last year. This forthcoming tele-drama is called “Sindarella” and Amani played the lead role as Sinda.

Amani was astonished by the energy pulsating throughout the university, and in particular the Film & Television Academy set up within.

Amani believed that it is good to have a university like Limkokwing where more people can study films and arts in a more beneficial way and believe that the Film & Television Academy can help young filmmakers in local arena.

She was also impressed with the business units such as Headlines, Wings Café and One World Club.

“A lot of fun, a lot of places to go, a lot of things to see. Really futuristic. It’s a very nice ambience,” says Amani.

To the Limkokwing students in the film and television faculty, Amani advised: “Have the right intention, have the right goal. We need people to make our industry better. We need people to make our industry cooler, better, and more international.”

It is important to have the right intention and the right goal if one wants to be part of the film and television industry, she said.

“You have to know why you are doing it. Only then you’ll last longer (in the industry). If you’re in it merely for the glamour, chances are you’ll fade out fast.”

She said in this present time, Malaysia’s film and television industry needs new people who could make the industry better, ‘cooler’ and expose it to the international arena.

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