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Besides gangster and horror flicks, get ready too for a deluge of love stories in cineplexes this year from local filmmakers
LOVE will be in the air throughout the year as local film producers are opting to make more love stories.
This new trend was sparked off by the success of films like Lagenda Budak Setan, Nur Kasih The Movie and Ombak Rindu.
Business-wise, the move is a good one, as the love genre is cheaper to produce than those in the action and horror categories.
Local producers normally allocate between RM800,000 and RM1 million to produce a love story.
More if the producers decide to shoot some scenes in the movie in foreign countries.
It costs between RM1.5 million and RM1.8 million to make a horror film, while an action film costs from RM1.7 million and can escalate to RM2.5 million.
Aziz M. Osman's Azura 2012, a remake of a classic love story made popular by Jamal Abdillah and Fauziah Ahmad Daud, kicked off the trend last Thursday.
The film stars newcomers Shah Jaszle and Neelofa in the lead roles.
Some of the scenes were shot in Paris and London, pushing the cost of the film to RM1.8 million, equivalent to that of an action film.
It is still too early to tell if Azura 2012 can match the success of the original film.
Azura (1984) was the first local film to collect more than RM1 million at the box office.
On Feb 16, Chantek, a romantic comedy directed by Pierre Andre will be released.
The film stars Pierre and an Indonesian actress, Nurul Ekasari and focuses on the relationship between a girl and a blind man.
This is Pierre's third effort in directing a romantic comedy after I'm Not Single and 9 September.
Next month, two love stories -- Cinta Kura-Kura and 7 Petala Cinta -- will fight for attention.
Cinta Kura-Kura is a romantic comedy with talking turtles. Produced by KRU Studios, the film was directed by first-time feature film director, Nizam Zakaria.
It stars newcomers Tiz Zaqyah and Aeril Zafril in the lead roles. Giving their voices to the computer-generated turtles are Farah Fauzana, Zizan Raja Lawak and Faizal Ismail.
7 Petala Cinta is a religious-themed love story, cashing in on the success of last year's Nur Kasih The Movie.
Produced by MIG Productions, the film directed by Azhari Zain also features newcomers Aeril Zafril and Shima Anuar. This is the third religious-themed movie produced by MIG Productions after Syurga Cinta and Aku Masih Dara.
In April, romantic comedy, 3 Temujanji will open in local cinemas.
The film stars former real-life love birds, Pierre Andre and Yana Samsudin.
Produced by MIG Productions and directed by Hashim Rejab, the film also stars Kamal Adli and Diana Amir.
It tells a story of a girl who will only date a man three times before ending the relationship.
3 Temujanji will be followed by Untuk 3 Hari, an adaptation of a best-selling novel of the same name by Ahadiat Akasha. Directed by Afdlin Shauki, the film stars Rashidi Ishak and Vanidah Imran.
Other love stories which have been slotted for release this year are Aku, Kau dan Dia produced by Tayangan Unggul Sdn Bhd; Aku Ada, Kau Ada produced by Pensil Pictures; and Hanya Aku Cinta Kau Seorang produced by MIG Pictures.
Aku, Kau dan Dia stars Remy Ishak in the lead role and is directed by Pierre Andre.
Aku Ada, Kau Ada is headlined by Yana Samsudin and Shaheizy Sam, while Hanya Aku Cinta Kau Seorang features Airel Zafril and Nuremy Ramli.
Both films were directed by first-time film directors -- Rahila Ali and Ahmad Rusli Muhammad Khadri respectively.
Among other love stories waiting for release dates are Lagenda Budak Setan 2, Assalamualaikum Cinta, 29 Februari and Saya Amat Mencintaimu.