By Yap Yew Jin
1 June – With the 2006 FIFA World Cup kicking off in about a week, football fever has gripped the nation and everyone across the nation is hoping their favorite team does well in the tournament. Fans of romantic comedy “Gol & Gincu” have something else to look forward to as a new TV series that follow the lives of their favorite characters will be screened on television this month.
The 13-part series, which begins its run on 8TV this Sunday at 10pm from 4 June, shares the same futsal theme as the movie but uses its two main characters, Putri and Reza to highlight youth issues. The cast for the series remains largely the same and includes the young and talented bunch of Nur Fazura, Mohd Pierre Andre, Ashraf Sinclair and Sazzy Falak.
In the movie, Putri is determined to win back her sports-mad ex-boyfriend Eddy, by turning into a futsal heroine herself. Facing prejudice and ridicule, and discovering through her motley futsal team the many difficulties faced by women in sports, Putri gradually finds within herself the strength and values of a true winner, both on and off the pitch.
Executive producer Lina Tan feels the stories of the characters in “Gol & Gincu” could be expanded further.
“With the TV series, we can explore more current issues for young people,” she said. Themes for the series range from love and friendship, jealousy and discrimination.
8TV chief executive officer Ahmad Izham Omar said the station was very proud to be part of the “Gol & Gincu” experience, particularly the focus on futsal.
“Futsal is the in-thing with all Malaysians today, including women,” he said.
This local production also features music by Malaysian artistes, with Radhi Razali of OAG singing the theme song.
“Gol & Gincu”, the TV series, makes its debut at 8TV this Sunday at 10pm.
Cinema Online, 01 June 2006