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Jakarta Post

Capital gains

  • ifa Asrianti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, December 9 2012   /  02:29 pm

While Betawi people are the original residents of Jakarta, the capital has always played host to many ethnic groups and nationalities, making it a fertile ground for artistic exploration in films, literature and, most recently, TV.

Jakarta’s melting pot was the sometime inspiration for the comedy trio Warkop DKI, a hugely popular act in the late 1970s and 1980s. Common cultural-related scenes in Warkop DKI films include the quirky comic appeal of foreigners unwittingly eating “strange” tropic fruits, or the antics when a rich naive kid from the provinces comes to the big, bad capital.

In the 1990s, the TV series Si Doel Anak Sekolahan (Doel Gets an Education), focusing on the love between a native Betawi man, Doel (played by Rano Karno, who had starred in the original 1980s movie about the character) and Dutch-Indonesian Sarah (Cornelia Agatha) was a prime-time succe...