A legend to be remembered, P. Ramlee was a force to be reckoned with. A multi-talented Malaysian artist, he was an actor, filmmaker, musician, and composer with a long list of accolades under his belt.
Here are his top 5 classics you should watch, or you would be missing out!
1. Pendekar Bujang Lapok
Best known as his funniest masterpiece, Pendekar Bujang Lapok tells the story of three best friends, Ramli, Aziz, and Sudin. The movie follows their adventure as they attempt to learn the art of self-defense from a master warrior while also competing against one another as they vie for the attention of the warrior’s daughter.
By the end of the movie, you will most definitely be left with an ache in your side from laughing too much.
2. Tiga Abdul
The last film to be directed by P. Ramlee in Singapore, this film is set in a fictional Middle Eastern country with a fictional name — Isketambola. A bit of tongue-twister, huh? The three brothers in the film are caught in various trickeries by the cunning Sadiq Segaraga who is after their wealth, and uses his three daughters to lure them into his traps.
This classic features primadonna Saloma, who plays herself in a cameo.
3. Ibu Mertua-Ku
Showcasing his versatility, Ibu Mertua-Ku is a far cry from a comedy. This film also touches on the caste system that separates the rich and the poor. It’s a heart-wrenching melodrama that is going to wring out a tear or two, so get ready.
Kassim Selamat is a poor musician who unfortunately falls for Sabariah, the only daughter of a wealthy woman. The two fall desperately in love, despite objections from Sabariah’s mother. While the movie starts off pretty tame, be careful: it gets really dark when a heartbroken Kassim stabs his own eyes with a fork.
So there you have it! You might want to ask your parents to sit down and watch these movies with you. Chances are they’ve seen them before too and we’re sure they would be glad to revisit these memories with you.
Even though the years have gone by, P. Ramlee’s light never fades away.
*Cover image via Cinema Online