I just need to jot tis down while i’m still in the fever of it. The amazing TV3’s teleseries “Kekasihku Seru” is one of the most brilliant masterpiece I’ve ever witness in the Malaysian silverscreen (or TV-screen!Erk?!) history. An incredible depiction of Malay mythical culture being fictionalized into horror teleseries is a tedious responsibility yet the production house who produced this masterpiece deserves a standing ovation and even a thunderous applause for its breathtaking cinematography.
I have to say that I’m amazed with the narration of the story and the cinematography! The scripwriter should be given credit for everything as the subject of saka is very much still considered as a taboo subject amongst the Malay community although there were already some steps being taken to commercialize the idea; such as Shuhaimi Baba’s “Waris Jari Hantu.“ The star studded casts had also showcased spectacular performances; especially Emilia Rosmilda as Marissa and Umie Aida as Mas Suri. Marissa is potrayed as a naive yet a determinant girl whereas Mas Suri is the composed and sensible auntie of Marissa who is the epitome of the family’s strength. Saka involves black magic to control an inherited gin (saka) and it was usually being practised during ancient days by the olden people to protect themselves from danger and enemies. If I’m not mistaken, it was actually famously originated from Negeri Sembilan (the term ‘saka’; which meant that the inheritance OF from a mother-to-a-daughter); but other Malay states also have their own stories of ‘hantu bela-belaaan’ and everything of that sort.
The journey of the teleseries centers on Marissa, the great-great grandchildren of Mastura who first bestowed the dark curse upon the family. Directed by foreigner Khabir Bhatia, the teleseries chronichles around the family who is burdened by a curse which was set upon them by mistake made by the ancestor, Mastura. Mastura was a rich svelte who is admired by many men but none won her heart except for Waris, a commoner. Mastura’s father opposed the relationship and thus the twosome chose to elope-and-get-married. Both Mastura and Waris knows that the time will come where Mastura’s father would find them and the only definite end to the turmoil would be death. Therefore, both made a vow. They both went to see a she-shaman and concealed dark curse that would bind them. Should any of them would be killed, the dead one can be summoned to live again and lead the remaining life with the other! And of course not soon enough, the twosome was discovered by Mastura’s father and Waris was killed.
Devastated by Waris’s death, Mastura summoned him back with the dark curse set upon both of them. Waris did came back, only to be less than a soul, more than a spirit. He has become a saka (inherited gin). To cut the story short, Mastura who then repented by devoting herself back to religion and faith to God tried very hard to avoid him and even married another man. Unfortunately, Waris hunted her down and keep coaxing her to submit herself to him. He began to coax Mastura’s daughter, Masitah…and the history repeats itself all down the lineage. Each and every inheritant (the daughter of the family) tried hard to resist the temptation; while some were easily coaxed.
The teleseries still being aired on TV3, every Thusday 9.30 p.m. and I have to say that I’m simply loving this. Maybe tis sounds a lil bit far-fetched, but hey, it’s my blog and I think tis is a piece of thing I wanna share with y’all! I have inserted one of the drama snipet. In this scene, Mastura’s daughter, Masitah was still a lil’ kid and she’s being taunted by her peers. She cried for help and Waris, the Saka came to revenge for her by killing the naughty brats! Well, that’s lesson worth to be learnt by brats! Hahaha!