role in Di Bawah Lindungan Kaabah has called for as much emotion on stage as off it, writes Nur Aqidah Azizi
ACTRESS Nasha Aziz is known as a private person.
For one who rarely opens up about her
feelings, the former model is choked with emotion when talking about her
lead role in the theatre production Di Bawah Lindungan Kaabah.
For the stage play based on the 1938 debut novel by Indonesian author Hamka, Nasha
plays Zainab, a woman whose life is bound by tradition, social class and prejudice.
is in tears when speaking to reporters at the launch of the play.
clams up when asked to share what's on her
flashes an apologetic smile.
It is easy to understand why she
doesn't want to talk about it.
Various reasons could have triggered her
And when the focus of the conversation turns to the director of the play and playwright Rosminah Tahir, we notice how distraught Nasha
"Kak Ros is someone dear to me," Nasha
is one of the reasons why I wanted to be in this play," says Nasha
has acted in several stage productions, most notably in the 2006 Lantai T. Pinkie (directed by Siti Rohayah), which has since been re-staged several times.
We owe it to her
," says Nasha
Even without the presence of the director, Nasha says it's important for the cast and crew to stick together.
"Although Kak Ros can't make it to the rehearsal, I record each session and show it to her when I meet her at the house," adds Nasha
thoughts and ideas," says Nasha
When asked how Kak Ros is doing now, Nasha
says: "Her health has improved.
Bringing the character to life on the stage for the first time is not a walk in the park, even for an experienced actress like Nasha
"This is not your regular love story," says Nasha
, adding that it has a strong Islamic context despite the struggles and challenges which stem from social prejudices, some of which are still prevalent today.
and Adi Putra, the play also features Fizo Omar, Yasmin Hani Richardson, Zahid AF, Nurul Elfira Loy, Dafi, Liza Abdullah, Dayana Roza and Alina Hassan.
It will also feature Nasha
performing some songs.
"There will be some singing, but it will not be performed live," Nasha
says, adding that the songs were recorded in a studio earlier.
"However, some of the music segments are performed live - come and see for yourself."
says recording the songs was "a fun experience", but when asked if she
is considering a career in singing, she
laughs and immediately rejects the idea.
"No, that's not going to happen.
I only sing for performances like this.
Anything beyond that, I will have to pass," she
says with a laugh.
There's always a thing or two that we can learn from each other everyday," says Nasha
turned down other TV roles to focus on Di Bawah Lindungan Kaabah.
"At this point in my career, I look for quality, not quantity.
I prefer to focus on one job at a time because I want to deliver my best, so that I can give something for my fans to remember for a long time," she
(left) and Adi Putra during the launch of the play.