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Jakarta Post

Fajar Bustomi: Set to shake off teen flick image

  • Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak


Jakarta   /   Sat, August 1 2020   /  01:00 am
Teenage years: Fajar Bustomi is the director behind some of Indonesia’s most-loved teen dramas, including the 'Dilan' trilogy and 'Mariposa'/(Courtesy of Falcon Pictures/-)

Fajar Bustomi’s latest teen romantic comedy Mariposa was among the few films released in theaters in mid-March before the virus scare hit the film industry hard.  With COVID-19 restrictions yet to come into force, 140,000 people watched the film on its first day of release, helping it to become the fourth most-viewed film in the first quarter of this year, with 730,000 viewers over two weeks. Starring the beloved on-screen couple of Adhisty Zara of girl group JKT48 and Angga Yunanda, it follows two exceptionally intellectual teenagers and the story of how they find love. The two previously starred in box office smash Dua Garis Biru (Two Blue Stripes) by Gina S. Noer, which tackles the issue of teen pregnancy and won many accolades including Best Feature Film at the Piala Maya 2019 independent film awards. Their appearance in Mariposa was not the only key to its suc...