Everybody say, “Congratulations, Queen Maya!”
According to The Star, Malaysia’s sweetheart, Maya Karin, was awarded a commendation in the best actress category at the Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival in Britain.
The festival typically takes place in the seaside town of Ramsgate, United Kingdom but was held online from June 11 to June 14 this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The recognition was for her role as Mak Cik Fatimah in the film, Olympic Dream, which was also listed as the Official Selection at the festival held in June. Commenting on the award, Maya expressed her gratitude as the recognition was totally unexpected.
“I feel very grateful and thankful to the jury of the Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival for this recognition as I did not expect this at all… Maybe my acting in the film has had an impact on the jury and the audience, ” said Maya.
The star also thanked Olympic Dream’s director Don Hoe and its production studio, Full Billion Entertainment Sdn Bhd, for helping her embody the role of Mak Cik Fatimah with ease.
Olympic Dream tells the story of a nine-year-old orphan named Anna Wong who dreams of becoming a badminton champion and representing her country in the Olympics.
Maya plays Anna’s foster mother Mak Cik Fatimah, who gives the budding athlete the support and encouragement she needs to chase after her ambition. The film was shot in Penang in 2017 and features appearances from real-life badminton legends from Malaysia like Rashid Sidek, Cheah Soon Kit, and Ong Ewe Hock.
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