Movie director remembered for his classic tales

From left to right: Jamil Sulong, Rosnani Jamil, Momo Latiff and Wahid Satay.

PETALING JAYA - Movie director Datuk Jamil Sulong left behind brilliantly portrayed classic tales that tugged at the heartstrings of the audience, said his son Anwardi.

While actor/director Tan Sri P. Ramlee was more famous at making comedies, he said Jamil excelled at making dramas that evoked emotions.

"We lost a great father, and the film industry lost a legend," Anwardi said in an interview yesterday.

Jamil was the first director who worked on stories based on classic Malay legends and myths. He was the third person, after P. Ramlee and actor Haji Mahadi, to direct Malay films produced at the now-defunct Malay Film Productions studio in Singapore.

His famous movies included Batu Belah Batu Bertangkup, Si Tanggang, Lela Manja, Bidasari and Raja Bersiong.

Jamil, 88, died at Anwardi's house in Bukit Utama in Damansara at 9.30pm on Thursday. His death came about a month after he suffered a stroke. He leaves wife Datuk Rosnani Ludin, who is popularly known as actress Rosnani Jamil. They have four children, Murniaty, 60, Arjunaidi, 57, Anwardi, 55, and Asnadi, 48, and eight grandchildren.

He was buried in Janda Baik, Pahang, yesterday.

Anwardi said his father always focused on telling stories that mattered to the people.

"My father was deeply scarred and traumatised when he lost six family members, including his mother, brother and nephews, when communist terrorists massacred them in June 1945 in Parit Sulong, Johor," he added.

Anwardi said his father had also written books - Kaca Permata and the auto­biography Warisan dan Wawasan.