The Jakarta Post
Mira Lesmana and Riri Riza and actors Dian Sastrowardoyo and Nicholas Saputra pose for the camera in the Miles Productions office. (The Jakarta Post/Wienda Parwitasari)
In conjunction with the release of the country's most-anticipated movie of the year, Ada Apa Dengan Cinta 2 (What’s up with Cinta 2/AADC2) and National Poetry Day that falls on April 28, poet Aan Mansyur has released a poetry book titled Tidak Ada New York Hari Ini (There’s No New York Today).
Soon after the first 5,000 copies were released in bookstores, they were quickly sold out and the publisher is set to release another 3,000 copies soon.
In a phone interview with thejakartapost.com, Aan explained that the poems in the book were reflections on what Rangga, the male protagonist of AADC2, had been dealing with during the 14 years he spent living in New York.
The collaboration between Aan and the movie's director Riri Riza and producer Mira Lesmana began in April last year.
Prior to writing “Tidak Ada New York Hari Ini”, Aan Mansyur spent six months doing research and trying to get himself into the mind of Rangga by watching the first AADC movie over and over again, reading books and following blogs that capture the New York City vibe. (twitter.com/hurufkecil/-)
“Riri and Mira told me that they had been reading my works and felt that my poems were exactly what was going on inside Rangga’s head,” he said.
Prior to writing Tidak Ada New York Hari Ini, he spent six months doing research and trying to get himself into the mind of Rangga by watching the first AADC movie over and over again, reading books and following blogs that capture the New York City vibe.
“Rangga has so many struggles that he has to deal with apart from his love issues with Cinta while he was in New York," Aan added.
The first AADC movie also holds special meaning for Aan as it was released during the time when he started writing poetry.
He later said that the decision to release the book on April 28 served as a means for him to pay respect to the late great poet Chairil Anwar. The anniversary of Chairil’s death is celebrated as National Poetry Day. (kes)
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