Friday May 30, 2008
Ogy’s back for more
After a 14-year hiatus, movie industry stalwart Fauziah Ahmad Daud – now a happy mother – is back to entertain audiences.
By AZHARIAH KAMIN
FAUZIAH Ahmad Daud, or Ogy as she is fondly known, needs no introduction. Just mention her name and immediately what comes to mind is her lively banter with fellow artistes on TV variety shows, as well as her hearty laughs and tears while acting in movies such as Ali Setan, Azura, Abang and Suara Kekasih.
Now, after a 14-year hiatus, fans can see more of Ogy on TV and also on the big screen, courtesy of Saw Teong Hin’s Apa Kata Hati, in which she plays an over-the-top controlling mother and wife.
The light-hearted romantic comedy tells the story of a girl, Elly (played by Raja Farah), whose relationships with her boyfriend and father are put under strain as she is bestowed with the power of reading the minds of men.
Ogy plays Elly’s horrid, controlling mother.
“It was great,” said Ogy about being back on screen, doing things she loves most, well, that is, apart from bringing up her six-month-old daughter.
“Working with a professional director was just great and fun! I love acting. Once an actress, always an actress!” said Ogy, the ever jovial daughter of two Malay legendary cinema icons – Datuk Ahmad Daud and Datin Saadiah Baharom.
“When Teong Hin contacted me after I had read the script, I told him that the role wasn’t for Fauziah Ahmad Daud because the role was too rigid.”
Ogy made it clear to the production staff from the start what she expected of the movie. “I told the team that if they wanted me to play the role, they had to make full use of me and they did! And after previewing the movie, I believe we (the cast, Harun Salim Bachik, Raja Farah and myself) made it work.
“I have always wanted to act alongside Harun. I personally think that he is one of the most underrated actors in the country and he is very talented.
“I’m so glad to see how we complemented each other in the movie. And I like what I saw in Apa Kata Hati as it (the movie) is out of the norm. Seriously. It is very rare that a Malay movie leaves you with a pleasant feeling long after you leave the cinema,” explained Ogy, who shot to stardom in the 1982 hit Esok Untuk Siapa.
Ogy’s run of accolades began in 1980, when she bagged the most promising actress award for her role in Ceritaku Ceritamu at the 1st Malaysian Film Festival. She has also has won the best actress award twice – for her role in Ali Setan at the 6th Malaysian Film Festival (1986) and for Puteri the following year at the same festival. To date, she has 16 movies to her credit. Her last film before her long break was Simfoni Kasih in 1994.
These days, though, conversations with Ogy will inevitably feature her daughter. “I’m so blessed and extremely happy with Nuraminah Aishah,” gushed the 45-year-old actress/TV show host, who adopted the child last year.
Nuraminah was born last Nov 9 in Kuala Terengganu and a day after she was born, Ogy received a call from a friend who is a nurse at the hospital. “When I received a picture of Nuraminah via MMS, I fell in love with her instantly,” she recalled excitedly.
Nuraminah’s father died in a lorry accident two days before she was born and her dishwasher mother was left to raise five other children. And a month or so ago, Nuraminah’s mother succumbed to dengue fever and her five young children were sent to live with their grandmother in Sumatra, Indonesia.
“I’m still trying to locate Nuraminah’s siblings in Sumatra because I owe it to my daughter to know her family and background. God works in very mysterious ways.
“Nuraminah now has a dimple on her cheek, just like my late father and when I compare my baby photo with her, she looks exactly like myself when I was at her age. Isn’t that just amazing? I guess it is God’s way of telling me that now Nuraminah has lost both parents, she is my amanah (responsibility) to take care of and to love unconditionally.
“Who would have guessed that I would be a mother at 45!” exclaimed Ogy with pride. “After 12 years of marriage (with award-winning actor Eman Manan, which ended in divorce in 2003), and with four miscarriages, I now have a baby in my arms!
And now that her participation as a critic in the Astro Ria’s reality talent series Akademi Fantasia 6 has ended, she is focusing on new projects via her own production company, Artistic Preview.
“We are working on a new programme called Mutiara Quran for Astro Oasis.
“I’m also working on my own talk show for Astro Prima called Celoteh Ogy, which will be produced by Astro. I’m working with Zainal Alam Kadir and we are still in the brainstorming stage for the pilot episode.
If everything goes as planned, Artistic Preview will also be producing a drama series, which revolves around young married couples.
“For this drama series, I will leave it to our new and young directors to showcase their talents.”
Ogy also revealed that she is still looking for the right script and scriptwriter for her first feature movie to be produced by her company.
“But one thing’s for sure, it will be refreshing – something out of the box.”