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How does Indonesian actor Fedi Nuril feel about being icon for polygamy?

Star2 logo Star2 13/1/2018 ANGELIN YEOH

Indonesian movie Ayat Ayat Cinta was a hit when it was released in February 2008. It recorded 3.6 million viewers in Indonesia, which was a history-making feat at that time. The movie, directed by Hanung Bramantyo, premiered in Malaysia five months later.

Ayat Ayat Cinta tells the story of Fahri, a pious university student played by Fedi Nuril. He is married to Aisha (Rianti Cartwright), a beautiful woman from a wealthy family. Then he meets and falls in love with another woman Maria (Carissa Putri). He must later decide if he can make the difficult choice of taking Maria as his second wife without deserting Aisha.

Ten years later, Fedi who is now 35, is reprising his role as Fahri in Ayat Ayat Cinta 2.

He said a lot has changed in Fahri’s life since viewers last saw him. The sequel also stars Tatjana Saphira, Chelsea Islan, Dewi Sandra, Fazura and Bront Palarae.

What Happened To Fahri And Aisha In Ayat Ayat Cinta 2?

“In the new movie, Fahri is a professor at Edinburgh University in Scotland. He’s rich now because the business he built with Aisha has become really successful. Unfortunately, Aisha goes missing. Should he wait for Aisha to be found or just move on?” Fedi shared during an interview in Kuala Lumpur.

The jovial actor is excited to play the character again: “I learned a lot about acting, how the filming process worked and, of course, religion itself from my experience with the first movie 10 years ago. Ayat Ayat Cinta will always be something that feels personal to me. I was eager to learn more with the second movie.”

Fedi has actually played the part of a man who practices polygamy in two other movies – Surga Yang Tak Dirindukan in 2015 and its sequel released last year.

a group of people sitting on a bench posing for the camera: Ayat Ayat Cinta 2 © Provided by Star Media Group Berhad Ayat Ayat Cinta 2

Fedi Nuril (center) with his Ayat Ayat Cinta 2 co-stars (from left) Chelsea Islan, Dewi Sandra and Tatjana Saphira.

“When I was shooting Ayat Ayat Cinta 2, I don’t know if people would still be interested to see me in another movie that focuses on polygamy. Then, the movie premiered in Indonesia and in two weeks, it recorded more than two million in viewership. So, if they decide to make another one, it would be in the interest of the audience.”

Fedi Says He Is Not Like Fahri In Real Life

The actor believes he knows why audiences care for a character like Fahri.

“The thing is, Fahri is not someone who enjoys practising polygamy. He’s worried about how he can be fair to his wives. He’s not someone who is showing off or bragging about being able to marry two women. Most of the time, my character is someone who looks confused or exhausted. I think people can actually relate to that.”

How does the actor feel about being the Indonesian cinematic icon for polygamy? He said it used to bother him when people assumes that he is just like his character Fahri.

“People think that I am like the goody-two-shoe I portray in the movie. That’s not the case. I tell dirty jokes all the time. So, there is no similarity between Fahri and I. Thankfully, my wife is cool with the all polygamy characters I play on screen.”

Also, the actor does not practise polygamy in real life; he married businesswoman Vanny Widyasasti in 2016 and together, they have a son.

Ayat Ayat Cinta 2 is showing in cinemas nationwide.

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