Friday, December 11, 2009



KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Bernama) -- The Natrah Theatre play which portrays the tragic life story of Nadra Maarof, also known by her Dutch name Bertha Heartogh, who passed away earlier this year, may be turned into a film said Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.
The possibility would be studied from all aspects, including the script.
"We (Ministry) are mulling the prospect of filming the story but the script need to be different and not 100 percent absorbed from the staged play.
"To be filmed, there should be some innovations and modifications to make it interesting, especially the script and how the story will be played," he told reporters after watching Natrah at Istana Budaya here tonight with his wife Datin Seri Masnah Rais and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
The story evolves around Natrah, raised in Malaysia by her Malay foster mother before a custody dispute ensued over custodial rights between Che Aminah and Natrah’s natural parents in Holland.
The love conflict between Natrah and Mansoor Adabi was the cause of riots in Singapore in 1950 and this riot was sparked off as a result of religious sentiments and skin colour.
On July 9, 2009, Natrah died of Leukemia, at the age of 72 in Huijbergen, Holland.
The play (Natrah) was staged at Istana Budaya on Nov 30 and was supposed to have ended yesterday but due to overwhelming response, the dateline has been extended to Sunday.

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