The Jakarta Post
Life of a dancer: A scene from 'Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku' (Memories of My Body) depicts the lead protagonist Juno (Muhammad Khan) in his dance costume. The film won Best Feature Film at the Indonesian Film Festival (FFI) 2019, on Dec. 8. (Courtesy of Fourcolours Film/-)
Indonesian actor Muhammad Khan has caught the attention of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan after mentioning the famous Indian actor during his speech at the 2019 Indonesian Film Festival (IFF).
Muhammad won the Best Actor award for his role as Juno, the lead protagonist of Garin Nugroho’s arthouse film Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku (Memories of My Body), which swept a total of eight Citra motion picture awards on Sunday.
Upon receiving the award, Muhammad thanked the Indian megastar and said that Khan had inspired him to become an actor.
"Tonight, I would like to share the award with you as well. And I hope I can meet you one day,” he said while singing a line from Khan's song, “Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam”, on stage.
The footage of Muhammad’s speech quickly went viral on social media and was even posted on Khan’s fan account on Twitter @iamsrk_brk, which has more than 53,000 followers.
The Bollywood actor eventually took notice of Muhammad’s speech and he congratulated the Indonesian actor for winning the award through his official Twitter account @iamsrk.
I am so glad for your success. Will meet you soon. Have a good life and keep feeling as an actor....& Thks everyone for bringing this to my notice. https://t.co/hJMZetKn4j— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) December 9, 2019
"I am so glad for your success. Will meet you soon. [Sic] Have a good life and keep feeling as an actor, and thanks everyone for bringing this to my notice," Khan said on Monday.
Out of 12 nominations, Kucumbu, which is inspired by the life of Javanese dancer and choreographer Rianto, also won Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Music Director, Best Costume Designer, Best Art Director and Best Film Editing.
The film was involved in a controversy surrounding its theatrical run as a result of its homoerotic nature, which led to it being banned in several regions, including Palembang in South Sumatra and Depok in West Java.
Kucumbu was selected to represent Indonesia at the 2020 Academy Awards.
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