The Jakarta Post
A still from 'Sobat Ambyar' (Heartbroken Friends) featuring the late 'campursari' singer Didi Kempot (left) and Jatmiko (Bhisma Mulia, right). (instagram.com/magmaent/File)
Romantic-comedy Sobat Ambyar (Heartbroken Friends) will have its global premiere on streaming service Netflix in early 2021.
Inspired by Indonesia’s late campursari (a blend of traditional Javanese and modern music) maestro Didi Kempot, the film marks the last performance of Didi for his fans, widely known as sobat ambyar.
Aside from starring in the film, Didi was also the executive producer, while a number of Didi’s songs are featured as well, including Kalung Emas (Golden Necklace) and Pamer Bojo (Show off a New Spouse).
Helmed by Charles Gozali and Bagus Bramanti, Sobat Ambyar follows young man Jatmiko (Bhisma Mulia) who experiences a “whirlwind romance” following his encounter with a woman (Denira Wiguna). The film also features actors Erick Estrada, Mo Sidik, Asri Welas and Sisca JKT48.
“Many Indonesians miss the beautiful ballads of Didi Kempot and long for this film to be released,” said Charles Gozali in a statement. “We’re delighted to partner with Netflix to bring this bittersweet love story to people around the world, and we believe that many will find comfort in this relatable story of first love set to Didi Kempot’s heartwarming ballads.”
Didi, known by his fans as “The Godfather of Broken Hearts”, passed away in May at Kasih Ibu Hospital in Surakarta, Central Java, at the age of 53. Prior to his passing, he gained national fame and often played in sold-out concerts packed with the younger generation, as many found solace in his song lyrics. (wir/wng)