‘Give me a compelling script and I’ll return’ (2012)

Saturday October 13, 2012
Source: thestar.com.my

GEORGE TOWN: Veteran actress Datuk Sarimah Ahmad (pic) will return to the silver screen if she gets her hands on a compelling script.

The 70-year-old said: “Who knows? I might consider taking up the offer.”

Sarimah’s last starring role in a movie was in Tarik-Tarik in 1993.

In 2009, she made a guest appearance in Momok The Movie.

One of her achievements was winning the Best Actress award in the 2nd Malaysian Film Festival in 1981 through her performance in Dia Ibuku.

Sarimah, who has six children and 32 grandchildren, however, said she now preferred to spend more time with her family.

The actress, whose successful career spanned more than 30 years, said she still received offers to act in films and television dramas.

Asked if she was active in the Malaysian film industry, Sarimah said she still attended meetings and contribute ideas to the industry in her capacity as Persatuan Karyawan Malaysia honorary chairman.

“Once you are in the film industry, you will always have some attachment to it,” said Sarimah.  “Veteran artistes can also share their experiences with the younger generation,” she said after attending a forum here on the 1983 film Ranjau Sepanjang Jalan in which she was the protagonist.

The event was held at Universiti Sains Malaysia’s (USM) Hamzah Sendut Library on Thursday.

More than 100 people attended, taking a peak at the seasoned actress and listening to her experiences in show business.

Sarimah said her interest in acting was born from reading national laureate Shahnon Ahmad’s novel.

“I am attracted to the message in it, which explores the hardships of those who make a living from working at the padi fields,” she explained.

USM School of Humanities Deputy Dean Prof Sohaimi Abdul Aziz and award-winning film critic A. Wahab Hamzah also were there at the forum as panellists.

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