Spilt Gravy

The Star: Cinema set to salute late Jit Murad’s ‘Spilt Gravy On Rice’ theatre play this week

(Article written by Dinesh Kumar Maganathan, first published in The Star on 7 June 2022.)

What would you do if you found out that you only had a short time left to live?

If you were anything like Bapak, the protagonist in the film adaptation of the late playwright Jit Murad’s Spilt Gravy On Rice, you would call for a family dinner.

This long-delayed (English language) movie, now renamed Spilt Gravy Ke Mana Tumpahnya Kuah, is finally set to open in Malaysian cinemas this Thursday (June 9), nearly 11 years after it was held back by the Film Censorship Board (LPF), as well as the pandemic.

The film rounds up Jit’s signature caricatural characters, odd family politics and black comedy twists. And it is ready to entertain a wider audience.

It is also a fitting tribute to the beloved theatre legend, who died in February this year.

The journey of getting Spilt Gravy Ke Mana Tumpahnya Kuah into local cinemas has a been a long and challenging one.

“I want Malaysians to see it more than anyone else because it is about us, it is about a family, a rather unusual family.

“A rather unusual ‘Keluarga Malaysia’ if you like,” says Datuk Zahim Albakri, a theatre scene veteran, who directed the film.

Read the rest of the article on The Star.

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