Mystery beau helps actress Nabila Huda patch up with her father

He was the reason why she fell out with her famous father.

He was also the reason why the pair chose to forgive and forget.

Just who is this mystery boyfriend?

Malaysian actress Nabila Huda preferred to keep his identity under wraps, but let on that he is probably The One.

The best part is that her rocker dad Amy Search now approves of him.

Nabila, 30, said of the new man in her life: "I think he's the right person for me and we are very happy." Speaking to The New Paper in a telephone interview from Kuala Lumpur, the star of two-part TV biopic Saloma wants to let bygones be bygones.

In June, she had posted an Instagram photo that was believed to be of her and her boyfriend on holiday.

Their faces were not revealed. Several online sites reported that her partner is a cafe owner who goes by the name "Bert".

Amy, 56, flared up and left an expletive-laden comment attacking his daughter for being brazen.

He also asked if she had forgotten about the incident in 2005 when she was caught with her then-boyfriend Zaidi Zailani - whom she married in 2008 - in a hotel room in Penang.

Nabila, who has a four-year-old daughter with Zaidi, whom she divorced in 2011, then posted a desperate plea to Amy on Twitter.

She begged him to fix the mess and told him he had ruined her life.

But father and daughter have since reconciled and strengthened their bond.

According to previous reports, it was her boyfriend who made the first move to help clear the air between the two.

During Hari Raya Aidilfitri earlier this year, Amy had posted many happy shots of them celebrating the festive occasion with the family.

"Problems and conflicts are normal. It's just that we are public figures. Which father is not protective of his daughter?" Nabila said.

Apart from family life, she has also been making headlines as the leading lady in Saloma, which is divided into two parts - Mencuri Guruh and Pandang Kaseh.

The biopic, available on SingTel mio TV Video On Demand, captures the life and times of the late actress-singer Saloma.

The actress, together with her older sister Mariani and husband P. Ramlee, were stars in the golden era of Malay cinema in the 1950s and 60s.

SCARED OF ROLE

Nabila was initially apprehensive about the role.

"I thought, 'no way'. I have no reference for the role and I think I will not appear credible," she said.

She went to the audition half-heartedly, confident that she would not be offered the role.

Her reaction was a loud "What!" when she learnt she had made the cut.

Saloma also stars Malaysian actor- host Tony Eusoff as P. Ramlee and Malaysian actress-host Sazzy Falak as Mariani.

It is directed by Mariani's daughter, actress-director Melissa Saila.

"(Melissa) said her mother saw traits of Saloma in me. That made me more nervous," Nabila said.

Still, she embraced the challenge.

She admitted there was pressure on her to accurately portray Saloma - from her gestures and manner of speaking to her gait.

But it was harder still to look the part.

Nabila called the fitting process "torturous".

"I had to put on a corset - not one but three - each and every time."

"My waist would hurt. I couldn't even go to the toilet. I had to hold it all in," she recalled.

She also had to snip off her hair, which was sprayed with a bottle of hairspray each day.

But the sacrifice was worth it.

"It's the biggest role I have ever played in 14 years of acting."

"This is my baby and it makes me very happy. I'm very proud of it," she said.

ashikinr@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Dec 2, 2014.
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