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Zain Mahmood was a Malaysian author and screenwriter of Malay films. He wrote the musical drama Fenomena (1990) , the romantic drama Balada (Love Ballad) (1993)  and the horror film Fantasi (1994) . Fantasi was shot in 1991 but banned for containing 'un-Islamic elements' until 1994. Its plot revolves around reincarnation, a Hindu and Buddhist concept which Islamists wish to suppress . He also acted in Fantasi and produced Fenomena. He died, in his sleep, in 1994 aged 61.