MUBARAK Majid is one of the respected names because his talent and experience cannot be replaced. For more than four decades, this native of Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor has been enslaving himself on the acting stage.
The opportunity to meet this 64-year-old actor during a press conference organized by the Malaysian Veteran Artists Welfare Association, was recently used by the writer to get to know this great actor better.
The first question asked was how he started as an actor and his initial experience in the field. Mubarak said, his interest in acting was nurtured from childhood.
“Before, I lived in Sungai Tawar, Sabak Bernam. My house is near the cinema.
“I often watch movies because my friend’s father works at the theater. So, I can watch movies for free.
“From there, interest arose because I enjoy watching people act,” he said, who often watched the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee’s acting like my mother-in-law.
Mubarak’s story, when he was in primary school, he mixed a lot with those who were interested in acting.
“My friends and I always act. We are willing to build our own stage for us to act.
“At that time, I started to realize that I was really interested in acting,” he shared.
Mubarak said, after finishing school, he migrated to the capital to work.
“I moved to Kuala Lumpur in 1975. My first job was with Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) in the props supply department.
“At that time, I was playing as an extra actor. My contemporaries include the late Abu Bakar Omar and Harun Salim Bachik.
“Every time a production lacks actors, we will fill the void as additional actors,” he said, who also actively attends auditions and participates in theater productions.
Study with theater activists
Mubarak said, the theater stage is the acting school that shaped it as it is today. Theater activist, the late Hasan Jali was a teacher who imparted a lot of acting knowledge to him.
“Arwah taught me all aspects of acting such as voice pitch, intonation, expression, body language and much more. The people are knowledgeable and punctual.
“The deceased is very disciplined and strict. The way the deceased teaches is also organized and there is a specific syllabus,” he said.
Mubarak said that due to his hard work as a part-time actor, he was never short of money. His life is also comfortable.
“At that time, it was around the 1980s and I was not married yet. I live single with friends.
“I don’t live hard because I have a permanent job. Income as an extra actor helps a lot with daily expenses,” he explained.
Almost bitten by a snake
During the conversation, Mubarak had time to tell about his anxious experience when he succeeded in the drama Deru Ombak, which was filmed in Terengganu around the 1980s.
Mubarak said, he was almost bitten by a sea snake while doing a scene at night.
“The episode was filmed in the deep sea area around the waters of Terengganu. I needed to jump into the sea.
“However, I did not think that the area would be visited by snakes that were attracted by the light emitted from the boat we boarded.
“That was one of the most anxious experiences I remember throughout being an actor. Alhamdulillah, no bad incident happened and I am thankful that I am still being lent my life to this day,” he said.
Don’t use the assistant service
For Mubarak, every actor needs to be ready in any situation. He said, one of the practices that is consistently done to this day is to prepare the clothes yourself before going to the filming set.
“The production team has prepared a wardrobe. But, most of the time I will prepare the clothes myself according to the character.
“I don’t use the services of an assistant. I will take the car myself to the filming location without being accompanied by a manager or personal assistant,” he said.
Sharing advice, Mubarak said, preparation is an important thing to do before stepping into the filming location.
“In any case, the script needs to be memorized and understood, in addition to thinking about how to bring a character to life. A good actor will master that.
“Actors also need to be punctual and diligent when working. Don’t be lazy or come late,” he said. – PANCHINDERA
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