“My shoulder is on the mend now, and it all boils down to focusing my mind on the task ahead of me.” Syamsul Yusof

Syamsul Yusof tells Dennis Chua that a shoulder fracture will not stop him from giving his best at Anugerah Juara Lagu 31

A tough guy. That’s actor and director Syamsul Yusof on and off-screen, and he has just proven it with his determination to score big at the Anugerah Juara Lagu 31 (AJL 31) next month.

Syamsul, 32, is still nursing a bad injury sustained during a mishap on set two weeks ago. However, he is not going to allow his fractured left shoulder stand in his way of giving fans a cool performance of his hip-hop hit, Kalah Dalam Menang, a duet with Asmawi “Mawi” Ani, at the music awards show.

“Thank God my shoulder is on the mend now, and it all boils down to focusing my mind on the task ahead of me,” says Syamsul after the Press conference to announce the order of AJL 31’s 12 performers at Bentley Music Auditorium, Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya.

Syamsul injured his shoulder while filming an explosive scene on the set of his upcoming movie Makrifat Cinta, a production of Dhananwood Films.

“It wasn’t an action movie and the stunt I was doing wasn’t as difficult as those in KL Gangster. I was supposed to do a long jump, but I fell on my shoulder,” he explains.

Syamsul rested for a day, and quickly returned to the set as well as the studio to rehearse Kalah Dalam Menang with Mawi, whom he has known for the past five years.

“I’m lucky that Kalah Dalam Menang does not require us to dance a lot. Nevertheless, I still have to move my body a lot and I had to take painkillers,” he says.

“Mawi has been supportive, advising me to avoid exerting myself too much lest it affects my recovery process.”

Syamsul will soon start filming Munafik 2, the sequel to his last year’s thriller Munafik. Makrifat Cinta is scheduled for release in cinemas next February.

He says: “The final version of this movie is not ready. I want to make it more exciting than the first.”

Makrifat Cinta is a romantic movie with elements of action. He says: “I’m doing a romantic movie because I want to get out of my comfort zone. It’s got a good script with a star-studded cast which includes Nora Danish, Adi Putra, Nabila Huda and Puteri Balqis Azizi.”

Syamsul and Mawi will also release another hip-hop tune, Bukan Propaganda, in conjunction with his brother Syafiq’s recently-released movie Desolasi, which Syamsul also stars in.

“It’s a critique of materialistic people, and the need to realise that good deeds enrich our lives,” he says.

Beginning next week, Syamsul will be spending a couple of weeks in London with his parents and siblings.

“It’s a family holiday, but there will be a bit of work involved because Skop Productions, our company, has some scenes to shoot for future Gerak Khas episodes.”

Syamsul is awaiting another “big day” in April next year as his wife, Puteri Sarah Megat Kamaruddin, is expecting their first child, a boy, then.

“When that day comes, I’ll be dedicating a new movie, song or even both to junior. For now, my focus is giving my best at AJL 31,” he says.