Abdul Razak Mohaideen
Abdul Razak Mohaideen is a Malaysian film director who has made over twenty films in the Malaysian market. After obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Mohaideen worked as a script writer before moving to directing.Mohaideen obtained his Master of Art in Film and Television Fiction from Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom in the year 1997. He debuted as a director with the film Gemerlapan.
Critics on Mohaideen
ALthough he was known to direct several movies which achieved impressive gross collection (hence the phrase Mohaideen's Midas Touch), some critics claimed that the achievement is solely due to the movies' commercial attraction (i.e. the popularity of the lead actors and actresses, CGI and sound effects, etc.) while lacking in the strength of the storyline, character development, and the script choice. His movies typically have plots which are both superficial and straightforward. His lead characters seldom brought impact to the audience. However, his recent development in directing movies shows good improvement, and hope is rested on him to produce an outstanding movie that would be greatly appreciated by his fans and his critics.
The Latest Turn
The last few movies by Prof Razak has been refreshing. This includes 'Duyung' and 'Cinta U-Turn'. According to a source, his next few upcoming movies will perhaps silence his critics. A distinct display of a different style that can be seen in Duyung and Cinta U-Turn will perhaps be appreciated. The executive producer of the professor's movie, Mr Latiff Mohaideen, is confident that it will be a matter of time before Prof Razak and Lineclear Motion Pictures Sdn Bhd before both will get international recognition. Cinta U-Turn was a joint venture between Lineclear Motion Pictures and Pyramid Shamira (a well established company in India which focusses on films and distribution.) Mr Latiff says, "It is only a matter of time before we are a success story in the international scene, Insha Allah."
Anak Mami series
Mohaideen's first Anak Mami the Movie was actually under Grand Brilliance which hit RM 3.8 million at the box office. This was later followed by Anak Mami Kembali, under MIG Beats
Mohaideen's Midas Touch Continues
Mohaideen's first film after leaving MMP, Bujang Senang, was a commercial success which was produced by Lineclear Motion Pictures Sdn Bhd made over RM 3 million at the Malaysian box office. This is clearly indicating that his works speak for him and he is not dependent at all to MMP. It is quite the very opposite actually. Relatively upon releasing Bujang Senang, Mohaideen directed another box office hit entitled Nana Tanjung which collected RM 3.1 million at the Malaysian box office. These two Box Office Hits after leaving MMP went on to proof Mohaideen reputation as a Box Office Director in the Malaysian context that his movies still touches the hearts of many Malaysian viewers. This is a classical example of a Midas Touch working on its own. Mohaideen creates his own tipping point and all his movies catches on local Malaysian viewer like an epidemic. Mohaideen is the first Malaysian Director to re make his work to a Thai movie. Cinta Kolestrol was re shoot and made into Thai version Kolestrol Teerak and became a hit in Thailand. His current project, an international action movie titled Dead End, is a joint venture between MySiam Ventures Sdn Bhd and Prime Film International Co.Ltd., in collaboration with the Thai film studio In Dream Production/Pechpanna Productions.