Original film title in Malay: Jiwa Lara
Literal English translation of film title: A Heartbroken Soul
Directed by S. Ramanathan
Written by S. Ramanathan
Starring: Osman Gumanti, Rokiah, Neng Yatimah
Produced by Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.)
Bukit Timah Railway Station
ACCOMPLISHED STAGE PERFORMER OSMAN brings his wife Fatimah and their children to visit her parents at the kampong. The elderly folks receive them at the kampong train station (in reality the Bukit Timah Railway Station). Osman and Fatimah are introduced to Salbiah, the daughter of a friend of Fatimah’s mother who resides in the same house. Salbiah, who is a gifted dancer and singer, is encouraged to find work in a Sandiwara troupe in Singapore. When Osman’s family returns to Singapore, Salbiah follows suit and resides in their house.
Initially disapproving of Salbiah’s talents, Osman grew to like her and place her in leading roles opposite him during dance performances. Behind Fatimah’s back, Osman and Salbiah develop a loving relationship. Osman becomes embroiled in a tortuous tangle of adultery, familial responsibility and devious plots to bring him harm.
‘It’s Malay – and it’s good.’ The Singapore Free Press, 8 March 1952, p. 2.
© 1952 Malay Film Productions
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