REALITI EPISODE 8 DRAFT 6

BY DZOFRAIN AZMI

TEASER

INT. STOREROOM -- DAY

OPEN ON a geeky looking TEENAGER being cornered, fear in his eyes. We see JOE is leaning in over him, threatening him. They're surrounded by shelves of VCDS. A beaten-up old TV sits in one corner.

JOE

Saya faham, bisness slow, polis raid banyak. OK. Tapi sekarang bunga tu kena lebih sikit.

The teenager looks scared. He just nods quickly.

JOE

Faham?

Suddenly, they are interrupted by a phone ringing. BURN is in the shop as well. He's rapidly digging into his pockets, trying to extract his phone. It's a phone call from Mac. Burn just hits the off button.

BURN

Sorry.

The tension cut, JOE tries to intimidate the teenager again, but now the kid's attention is focused on Burn.

VCD SELLER

Eh... you Burn, ke? Dari Malaysian Star?

Burn looks up. He just shakes his head. The teenager is now completely focused on Burn. He ignores Joe completely.

VCD SELLER

Yahlah. Burn. Dude!

(to Joe)

Sebab dia-lah... sebab dia kita rugi besar bulan ni.

Joe looks at BURN quizically.

BURN

Eh... You orang main dengan Malaysian Star ke?

Wait a sec... you're taking bets on me?

VCD SELLER

Semua nak main Malaysian Star sekarang, lah.

Everyone's betting on Malaysian Star these days, man.

The TEENAGER changes the channel on one of the TVs to Pop TV. Visual of POP TV ANNOUNCER appears on screen.

POP TV ANNOUNCER

Ya, selepas persembahan Amir yang sungguh mengelirukan, ramai yang tanya Kenapa dia masih di dalam Malaysian Star-

VCD SELLER

I pasti budak kampung tu akan kalah. Semua bet I angle begitu. Tapi...

(beat)

Eh, Kenapa you perform teruk sangat malam tu?

JOE slaps the TEENAGER on the head..

JOE

Oi, baik kau respek sedikit. You tak kenal dia? You tahu apa dia buat dulu sebelum dia masuk M Star?

Yo, you show my homie some respect, okay. Before he joined that sorry-ass show, you know what he was known for on the street?

(beat)

Huh?!

Burn is just watching the TV.

POP TV ANNOUNCER

Tapi berita yang terhangat, yang terpanas, sampai jari I berlepuh, ialah satu dari peserta Malaysian Star terpaksa menarik diri.

But the biggest news at the moment is that one more Malaysian Star terpaksa menarik diri. Who is it?

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INT. HOTEL LOBBY -- DAY

CAMERA POV: MAC standing in front of the camera, surrounded by press.

MAC

We regret to inform you that last night, Melody Yeoh has been admitted to hospital for exhaustion. Whether Melody stays on the show or not will depend on how her condition develops.

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INT. HOTEL LOBBY -- DAY

POP TV ANNOUNCER

Keletihan. Ya, Melody Yeoh didapti tidak mampu bila dibawah sinaran terang kemasyuran.

Exhaustion. The same thing has happened to stars like Mariah Carey and Britney Spears. Stay tuned to Pop TV for a full report.

(beat)

Jangan sentuh remote kamu, kami kembali secepat mungkin.

Stay tuned to Pop TV for a full report.

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INT. STOREROOM -- CONTINUOUS

BURN watches TV, reacting.

On BURN'S expression, we

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OPENING MONTAGE

END OF

ACT

INT. HOSPITAL RECEPTION -- DAY

OPEN ON MEL lying in a hospital bed, tubes sticking out of her.

MAC and JAY peer in.

JAY

Tak bagus, man.

This isn't good, man.

MAC is silent.

JAY

I dah cakap dengan TV station dan sponsor. Semua tak happy, Mac.

I've been on the phone with the TV station and the sponsors all day. They're not happy, man.

(beat)

Kalau tak dapat empat peserta... undian SMS ada problem-lah.

We've got to have four contestants... or the SMS votes all get screwed up.

MAC

(sarcastic)

Apa? Tak cukup untung?

You mean you guys stand to lose money from it.

JAY

Oi. You ingat show ni siapa yang bayar?

How d'you think this show is paid for, man?

(beat)

SMS-lah.

The SMSes. That's what brings in the money.

MAC

Jay, aku tak mahu discuss sekarang. Kalau you nak peserta baru-

Jay... I'm not going to discuss this now. You want to bring a 4th contestant in... you handle it.

JAY

Mac, I dah ada plan, tahu. Tapi I kena check dengan you dulu.

I've already thought of a plan. I just need to know that you're okay with it.

MAC is silent.

They're interrupted by some commotion down the corridor.

It's BURN walking down the corridor, pursued by a NURSE trying to stop him.

JAY

Speak of the devil...

JAY turns to the NURSE.

JAY

Nurse... it's okay.

The NURSE reluctantly lets BURN through.

BURN glares at both MEL and JAY, then enters the room.

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INT. HOSPITAL WARD -- DAY

BURN walks cautiously towards Melody. As he looks at her, we

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INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR -- DAY

MAC and JAY stand side by side and look in.

MAC

You nak dia - dia, Burn, dia - balik ke show?

You want HIM back on the show?

JAY

Dan your idea apa?

You got a better idea?

Then they turn, hearing voices from down the corridor.

It's DAVID, walking down the corridor with an HOSPITAL OFFICIAL.

DAVID

What do you mean? She's got insurance, right?

OFFICIAL

Yes, but you have to cover the day-to-day expenses yourself, then claim from them.

DAVID

You think so easy, ah? You think I'm made of money, what?

JAY

(to Mac)

Better get him out of there, man.

MAC quickly enters the hospital room.

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INT. HOSPITAL WARD -- CONTINUOUS

MAC approaches BURN.

MAC

Burn, I rasa baik you balik sekarang-

You've got to go, now.

Then DAVID enters, sees BURN and reacts.

DAVID

What the hell is he doing here?

BURN turns and reacts.

DAVID

Get out!

MAC

Let's go.

MAC puts his hand on BURN'S shoulder. BURN just flings it aside.

BURN

What the hell's your problem, man?

DAVID

My problem? You're one of the reasons why she's here in the first place.

BURN

What?! Who's the one who pushed her, huh?! Who wanted her to be so perfect?

The two face off. MAC drags BURN away.

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INT. HOSPITAL RECEPTION -- DAY

MAC drags BURN down the corridor.

BURN

Dude, kalau you tak lepaskan I-

Get your hands off me, man.

MAC lets go.

BURN

Apa problem dia?

What's his problem, man?!

MAC

Anak dia dalam koma, dia tak mampu bayar bill... what do you think?

His daughter is in a coma and he can't afford to pay the hospital... that's his problem.

BURN

Rubbish-lah. Production macam ni tak ada insurance?

What... big production like this... you guys don't have insurance for things like that?

MAC

Burn, O.D. tak ada insurance.

She O.D.ed Burn, you think our insurance covers that?

BURN reacts.

MAC

And that's between us.

BURN is silent.

MAC

Kami perlu empat peserta, Burn. Sekarang ni Mel-

Now that Mel's gone, we need a replacement on the show.

BURN

Melampau. Bila pasal duit, you guys cepat sungguh, ya?

You guys really move fast, huh?

MAC

They want you back.

Burn gives an ironic laugh and shakes his head.

BURN

Dude. I dah out. I memang tak mahu in dari dulu pun.

And you guys really think I'm going back to that freakshow?

MAC

Ikut suka you-lah. Kau ni tak berbaloi.

Up to you. You're rude, mean and a sore loser.

(beat)

Buat apa I kisah?

So I don't give a damn.

MAC walks away. On BURN'S expression, we

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INT. HOTEL LOBBY -- DAY

OPEN ON AMIR surrounded by press.

POP TV ANNOUNCER

Jadi, Amir. Apa yang terjadi pada rancangan minggu lepas?

So tell us, Amir... what happened at the last showdown?

AMIR

Amir gelisah. Tak selesa.

Like I said, I got stagefright.

POP TV ANNOUNCER

Jadi stage fright? Betul ke? Ada tak cerita lain dibelakangnya?

Stage fright? Is that it, Amir? Or is there more you're not telling us?

AMIR

Misalnya?

What d'you mean?

POP TV ANNOUNCER

Bagaimana dengan berita baru yang mengatakan kamu kelah dengan sengaja supaya Baby boleh menang?

What about the rumours that you performed badly on purpose so that Baby could win.

AMIR

Apa?!

What?!

POP TV ANNOUNCER

Ada yang mengatakan Amir dan Baby sekarang lebih dari kawan biasa.

Yah, because some people have noticed that you've been getting close to Baby.

AMIR

Kalau macam tu, kau tahulah apa Baby kata hari tu... saya tak cukup standard.

And you heard what Baby said... saya tak cukup standard.

JAY sidles up beside AMIR.

JAY

Amir sekarang fokus kepada satu benda saja. Pertandingan ini.

Amir is only focused on one thing at the moment... this competition.

(beat)

Kamu tunggu untuk showdown minggu ni.

And he'll prove in the next showdown that his stage fright is a thing of the past.

(to Amir)

Ya, Amir?

On AMIR'S expression, we

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INT. REHEARSAL HALL -- DAY

OPEN ON AMIR and JAY alone in the rehearsal hall.

JAY

Lain kali, Amir kena nyanyi betul-betul! You tak boleh tiba-tiba stop macam Minggu Lepas.

Next showdown, you've gotta sing! You tak boleh tiba-tiba stop macam Minggu Lepas.

Amir is silent.

JAY

Suspicious sangat. Dan macam orang tak percaya yang Amir gelisah malam tu.

And people don't seem to be buying the stage fright story.

(beat)

Tak apa. Jay panggil PC. Bagi tahu ayah hang uzur, kena masuk hospital-

I'll call a PC. Tell them ayah hang uzur, kena masuk hospital-

AMIR

Jay...

(beat)

Amir tak mahu buat ni lagi.

JAY

Bagus! Cakap begitu. Kata ibu Amir-

Great! You say that to the press. Kata, ibu kamu-

AMIR

Amir tak mahu kalah dengan sengaja lagi.

JAY

Amir, jangan putus asa. I tahu Amir takut, tapi kalau Amir betul-betul-

Hey, hey, hey... this isn't the time to back out, bro. I know you're scared, but if we play this right-

AMIR

Jay, Amir tak rasa benda ni "betul". Amir tak mahu buat benda ni lagi.

It doesn't feel right, okay. I'm out.

A beat. JAY realizes AMIR'S made up his mind.

JAY

Amir, pikir dulu sekejap. Bagaimana dengan ayah Amir? Siapa nak bayar bill dia?

You're not thinking straight, bro. What about your dad? You drop out now, and how you going to afford his medical bills.

AMIR

Amir cari jalan lain-lah. Jalan Amir sendiri.

I'll think of something.

AMIR walks off.

JAY

Amir, come on.

AMIR doesn't stop walking.

JAY

Amir!!

On JAY'S expression, we

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INT. HOTEL CAFE -- DAY

OPEN ON NICKSON on the phone, having a heated discussion.

NICKSON

How could you have let him say that to Calvin?

(beat)

Come on ma, stop making excuses for him. He's-

(beat)

It's not about how close I am to Calvin, what matters is that he's my friend!

BABY sits by herself, her lunch in front of her, looking at NICKSON.

AMIR approaches.

BABY

Ayah dia gaduh dengan Calvin semalam.

Apparently, his dad was nasty to Calvin last night.

BABY gives AMIR a look. AMIR slumps down on the seat.

BABY

You baca tak paper pagi tadi.

AMIR

Sikit.

BABY

You setuju tak?

AMIR

Yang Melody berkerja terlalu keras?

BABY

No-lah. Yang Amir tak patut dalam Malaysian Star lagi.

AMIR gives her a look.

BABY

Kenapa Amir tak nyanyi minggu lepas?

Why did you walk off the other night?

AMIR

Sebab Amir risau saja.

No reason. Stage fright.

BABY

Amir. I tahu bila you bohong.

Amir... I can tell when you're lying.

AMIR

Ya ka? Mestilah. Kau kan dah banyak practice sendiri.

Really? It takes one to know one.

BABY reacts, hurt. AMIR is about to say something, when...

NICKSON slumps down in his seat.

BABY

Nickson, you baca tak paper pagi tadi?

NICKSON

Yang kata Melody berkerja terlalu keras?

The one that said Melody was pushed too hard?

Amir shoots a "you see?" look to Baby.

BABY

Nevermind.

As AMIR and BABY exchange glances, we

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INT. STOREROOM -- DAY

OPEN ON VCD SELLER, packing Cds in the storeroom. There's a banging on the door.

VCD SELLER

Siapa?

JOE

Yo, dude... open up.

VCD SELLER

(panics)

I dah janji... hari Khamis nanti I bereskan semua.

You said you'll give me till Thursday to pay.

JOE

Buka ajelah. Kami datang untuk bisness lain.

Just open up okay, we're here for something else.

VCD SELLER hesitates, then opens the door.

VCD SELLER

(still nervous)

Jadi?

So... what's up?

JOE

Kami nak main betting sikit.

We want in on your little betting scam.

VCD SELLER

Joe, I janji, semua hutang-

You want a cut from that too?! Come on, man-

JOE

Relax, lah. Nak buat bet saja.

Relax! We just want to place a bet in it lah.

VCD SELLER

Bet untuk apa?

Okay... who you wanna bet on?

JOE

Burn. Dia akan dapat markah tertinggi minggu ni.

Burn. Getting top points at the next showdown.

VCD SELLER

Eh, apa dengan you? Burn kan dah kalah? Dia takkan perform pun.

You guys think I'm stupid?! Dude's not even in the show, man.

JOE

You wanna bet?

VCD SELLER

(hesitates, then)

Berapa you nak?

Okay, how much you wanna put on it?

JOE pulls out a really thick wad of notes.

JOE

Berapa you boleh ambil?

Go ahead, count it.

The VCD seller stares. On his expression, we

FADE TO BLACK

END OF

ACT

EXT. CITY -- NEW DAY

EST. SHOTS as a new day dawns on the city.

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INT. HOTEL LOBBY -- NEW DAY

CAMERA POV: POP TV ANNOUNCER faces the camera.

POP TV ANNOUNCER

Kepada semua yang tak boleh tunggu-tunggu untuk mengetahui pekembangan baru, ini adalah satu kejutan istimewa...

And for all of you out there wondering what's going to happen at the next showdown with only three contestants, here's a big surprise...

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INT. HOTEL LOBBY -- CONTINUOUS

CAMERA POV: BURN faces the camera.

BURN

Kepada semua honey-honeys di sana... keringkan air matamu, Burn is Back!

This is a message out to all you B-boys out there... Burn is back, ya better believe it!

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POP TV ANNOUNCER

Siapa yang sangka yang Burn - yah, Burn bad boy Malaysian Star - akan kembali ke rancangan Ini?

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INT. HOTEL LOBBY -- DAY

CAMERA POV: TALKING HEADS of fans facing the camera.

FAN 1

Burn? Back?

(beat)

How can?! Unfair langsung!!

FAN 2

Mesti boleh! Kalau orang tu cool, apa yang tak boleh? Lagipun, Amir yang sepatutnya kena buang Minggu Lepas.

FAN 1

Yo, don't you dare talk like that about Amir, man! He's not the one who got kicked out last week!

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INT. HOTEL LOBBY -- DAY

CAMERA POV: POP TV ANNOUNCER faces the camera.

POP TV ANNOUNCER

Tapi dan dengan serius sekarang Burn dapat undian terkurang minggu lepas; dia mesti akan gagal minggu ni pun.

Let's be brutally honest here... if Burn was knocked out last week, won't he be the one to go again this week?

PAN TO JAY standing beside her.

JAY

Malaysian Star mengikut undian. Rasa kami tukar dari minggu ke seminggu. Minggu lepas, kami suka ice cream Haagen Daz.

The great thing about Malaysian star is... every week's different. Someone who's weakest one week might just turn out to be the strongest the next.

(beat)

Minggu ni, sambal petai. Sebab inilah Malaysian Star menark. Tapi kamu mesti undi, kalau tak, menu tetap sama aje.

That's what makes it so exciting. So don't forget to vote!

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INT. REHEARSAL HALL -- DAY

The kids all sit together on the floor. BURN sits a little away from the rest.

MAC stands in front.

MAC

Melody sekarang berehat. Doktor kata, dengan masa, dia akan pulih semula.

Melody is making a slow but steady recovery. For now, she needs rest.

(beat)

Hospital tidak membenar pelawat untuk Melody, tapi kalau you guys nak kirimkan apa-apa... I boleh pass on.

The hospital is limiting the number of visitors, so you guys can't see her, but if you need to pass her anything... just let me know.

MAC starts passing sheets of paper around.

MAC

Pilihan lagu untuk showdown minggu ni.

Song selections for the next showdown.

The kids take their sheets, looking downcast. MAC senses the mood.

MAC

Banyak yang berlaku minggu ni. Suasana tidak sesuai untuk performance.

A lot's happened this past week. But let's not forget why we're here.

(beat)

Esok, sudah showdown kedua. Bagaimana kamu nak bersedia?

This time tomorrow... you'll be facing your second showdown. You're going to need all your energy, all your focus, to get through it.

(beat)

Petanda star yang sebenar bukan setakat memberi performance hebat pada suatu hari. Tapi jika kau boleh ulanginya esok. Dan hari selepas tu.

The true mark of a star is not how well you do in one show, but how consistent you are... show after show.

(beat)

Bayangkan, orang macam Siti. Atau Ning. Tiap-tiap hari, mesti dia menghadapi masalah tersendiri. Tapi, bila naik pentas... magic. Tiap-tiap kali.

People like Siti... Ning... they're on the go every day... performing in shopping centers, in the studio... and being the best they can be. Every single time.

(beat)

Bagaimana?

How do they do that?

MAC taps his head.

MAC

Fokus. Konsentrasi.

Focus. Concentration.

(beat)

Tutup mata kamu.

Close your eyes.

Everyone looks at each other.

MAC

Tutuplah.

Close them.

Everyone closes them reluctantly.

MAC

Bayangkan pentas. Dan penonton. Bayangkan... tiap satu yang datang untuk mendengari mu.

Imagine yourself on stage. Imagine... you can see each and every person in the audience.

(beat)

Kamu kenali tiap satu dari mereka. Ada keluarga... ada kawan... orang yang kamu sayangi.

Imagine that you know every one of them. They're your family, friends, people you love and care for.

(beat)

Tapi, ada juga mereka yang kamu tak suka. Atau mereka tak suka kamu. Benci. Dengki. Iri hati.

Imagine that the people who put you down, who have never been nice to you... they're there too.

(beat)

Kamu tak kisah. Kamu akan memberi persembahan yang terbagus. Bukan saja untuk mereka yang sayang kamu, tapi juga untuk mereka yang bencikan kamu. Sesuatu persembahan yang akan mengilhamkan hati mereka sehingga... sehingga mereka tak sanggup benci lagi.

You're looking out at this sea of faces. And you're going to perform for them. You're going to give your best ever performance because you want to impress the ones you like. And for the ones you don't... you want to show them that they never had a right to put you down.

 

Everyone is silent. In their own little world.

MAC

Okay. Buka mata.

Open your eyes.

Everyone opens their eyes and looks around.

MAC

Ready untuk perform?

Now we're ready to rehearse.

On everyone's expression, we

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INT. HOTEL CORRIDOR -- DAY

As the kids walk out of the rehearsal hall, AMIR makes a call on his phone.

AMIR

Ibu? Ibu panggil ke?

Mak, you called just now?

AMIR'S MUM

Syukur Alhamdullillah, Amir!

Thank you so much, Mir!!

AMIR

Kenapa bu?

For what, mak?

AMIR'S MUM

Sampai bu tak sanggup nak percaya... check pagi tadi...

I couldn't believe it... when I got the cheque this morning.

AMIR

Check apa tu?

AMIR'S MUM

Check yang Amir hantar... mana Amir dapat duit tu?

The cheque you sent? Where did you get so much money?

On AMIR'S expression, we see NICKSON walk past and waves to...

CALVIN, waiting for him.

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INT. HOTEL LOBBY -- LATER

OPEN ON a ticket for Malaysian Star. Widen to reveal NICKSON passing it to CALVIN.

CALVIN

Am I sitting next to your Dad again?

NICKSON

No. They're not coming.

(beat)

Sorry-ah about Dad. I already complained to Mum about him...

CALVIN

Why?

NICKSON

She's on his side-lah. Don't know why.

CALVIN

No, why are you talking to your Mum and not your Dad?

NICKSON is silent.

CALVIN

You don't get it, do you? How do you expect your Mum to ever stand up to your Dad...

(beat)

...If you don't do it yourself?!

On NICKSON'S expression, we

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INT. HOTEL CAFE -- DAY

JAY is on the mobile.

JAY

Ya, ya. Exclusive, on Burn... perasaan dia, mengapa dia kembali...

Yah, it's going to be an exclusive on Burn... how he feels about being back in the race. How he's determined to do better. That kind of stuff.

(beat)

Aku tak kisah, last minute ke tak. Siapa yang beli ad space dalam paper you?

Look, I don't care if its last minute, you remind your boss who's buying the ad space in his paper, you got that?

(beat)

Dan jangan lambat kali ni.

And don't get back to me too late, you got that?

Just as he hangs up, AMIR approaches.

AMIR

Ibu kata dia dapat check pagi ni. Untuk sepuluh ribu ringgit.

My mak tells me that she got a cheque for ten thousand ringgit this morning.

JAY

Cool-kan, I baru hantar semalam.

So she got it huh, cool!

AMIR

Kenapa?

Why?

JAY

Memang PosLaju hantar esok harinya.

AMIR

Tak, kenapa Jay sanggup tolong Amir?

JAY

Kenapa tak? Mereka perlukannya, kan?

(beat)

Kan Jay dah janji untuk tolong Amir.

Why not? They need it, bro. I told you I would take care of them, right?

AMIR

Amir masih akan menyanyi cara Amir.

This is not going to make me change my mind.

A beat.

JAY

Amir tak kisah ke? Amir sanggup lihat ayah Amir mendera di hospital? Sebab Amir nak menang gelaran Malaysian Star?

So you're telling me you would rather your Dad suffer... so that you can win some worthless trophy.

AMIR

Ayah Amir selalu ajar Amir untuk buat benda yang betul.

My Dad always taught me to do the right thing. That's what I'm doing now.

JAY

Jadi, menghargai diri sendiri lebih mustahak daripada menghargai ibubapa?

What so right about putting yourself over your parents?!

(beat)

You tell me that.

JAY'S phone rings.

JAY

Yo, Rob.

(beat, smiles)

Kan I kata. Guarantee kita boleh run cerita tu. Bila you nak datanag?

Yah, I knew your boss would come to his senses. So when you coming to do the story?

On AMIR'S expression, we

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EXT. CITY -- NIGHT

EST. SHOTS as night falls over the city.

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INT. GUY'S HOTEL ROOM -- NIGHT

NICKSON is on the phone.

NICKSON

Hi, Mum... I was wondering if you and pa are free for dinner.

(beat)

Nothing la. I just had some stuff to talk about.

(beat)

How about 8 o'clock?

Nearby, BURN puts on a hooded sweatshirt and sneakers.

NICKSON

(on phone)

Okay, see you later. Bye.

He hangs up and turns to BURN.

NICKSON

Where you going?

BURN

You think you're the only one who's allowed to have dinner with your parents?

BURN exits.

NICKSON

Oy! I thought your parents were dead?

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INT. HOSPITAL RECEPTION -- NIGHT

BURN enters the reception. He sees...

A sign that says "Visiting Hours 12-2pm 4-6pm" with nurses in reception next to it.

Nearby, he sees... a patient sleeping in the waiting area, with a pair of crutches on the chair beside him. BURN thinks, then messes his hair up a little...

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INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR -- LATER

BURN, using the crutches, limps down the corridor... towards Mel's ward.

As he peers in, he sees... Mel on the bed. As BURN puts the crutches aside, we

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INT. HOSPITAL WARD -- NIGHT

BURN approaches Mel cautiously.

He sits down beside her and holds her hand.

Then he hears... sounds... coming from the shadows.

He looks and sees... DAVID, just waking up in a chair, Mel's journal on his chest. As he rubs his eyes...

BURN starts to get up, not sure whether to go or stay.

But too late... DAVID sees him.

They exchange looks for a few seconds. Then...

DAVID

Stay if you want.

BURN, unsure, sits back down. DAVID notices Mel's diary, and puts it on the table beside him.

DAVID

Do you think I push my daughter too hard?

BURN is silent.

DAVID

All I ever wanted was the best for her.

(beat)

Only to find out that she hates me for it.

He indicates at MEL'S journal.

DAVID

Never read your daughter's diary. You never know what you might find.

A beat.

BURN

She's not you. She doesn't want the same things you do.

DAVID

So you think you know what she wants?

BURN doesn't answer.

DAVID

(sarcastic)

How many grams did you give her?

BURN

I never gave her drugs. I would never hurt her.

The both of them sit in silence. Then DAVID'S phone rings.

DAVID sees the number and sighs.

DAVID

Damn insurance company again. Another good reason not to take drugs?

(beat)

It's not covered by your insurance.

DAVID walks out. BURN continues sitting there.

He sees Mel's diary on the table.

On his expression, we

CUT TO:

INT. CHINESE RESTAURANT -- NIGHT

NICKSON enters the Chinese retaurant and sees...

His MUM, sitting by herself.

NICKSON reacts... then approaches the table.

NICKSON

Where's Pa?

NICKSON'S MUM

He can't come.

NICKSON

Why not?

He looks at his MUM intently. She's quiet, downcast.

NICKSON

Ma, did something happen just now?

Nickson starts examining his mum's face.

MUM

Aiyah... what are you looking for, boy?

NICKSON stops looking and stares staight into his mum's eyes.

NICKSON

He hit you again, right?

NICKSON'S MUM

No lah!

NICKSON notices his mother trying to pull down the sleeves of her dress. He pulls back on the sleeve and sees a bruise on his mother's arm.

NICKSON

Ma!!

NICKSON'S MUM

It's nothing okay.

NICKSON

Nothing?!

(beat)

Why do you always let him do this to you?

NICKSON'S MUM

He wanted to watch TV. And we were already late for dinner with you.

(beat)

I must have nagged him too much, made him lose his temper.

NICKSON

Ma, stop making excuses for him. It's not your fault, it's his!!

(beat)

Does a man who loves you do this to you?

NICKSON'S MUM is silent.

NICKSON

You're going to stay at the hotel with me tonight.

NICKSON'S MUM

No la, what will your father think?

NICKSON

Forget about what that damn idiot thinks, okay?! You're staying here! Then you can come watch my show on Thursay.

They both sit there, lost in their own thoughts. Then...

NICKSON'S MUM

So what did you want to talk to us about?

NICKSON

Nothing...

On NICKSON'S expression, we

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EXT. SWIMMING POOL -- NIGHT

AMIR is waiting on his phone...

CUT TO:

INT. HOTEL BAR -- NIGHT

JAY is seated by the bar. He answers the phone.

JAY

Yo!

CUT TO:

AMIR

Amir akan bayar Jay balik. Jangan hantar duit lagi.

I'll pay you back the ten thousand somehow. And please stop sending my family anymore money.

(beat)

Amir tak mahu hutang lagi.

I don't want to owe you any more favours.

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JAY

Amir pasti?

You sure about this?

CUT TO:

AMIR

Pasti.

Yes.

CUT TO:

JAY

Pasti yang Amir takkan kesal?

You know that you're going to regret this, right?

CUT TO:

AMIR

Pasti yang Amir sanggup akibat pilihan Amir.

I guess I'll just have to live with it.

AMIR hangs up. On his expression, we

CUT TO:

INT. GIRL'S HOTEL ROOM -- NIGHT

BABY looks at her photo of FAZRINA and CONSTANCE. As she places it carefully within a book and in her drawer, we

CUT TO:

INT. HOTEL ROOM -- NIGHT

NICKSON helps his MUM move into her room.

CUT TO:

INT. GUY'S HOTEL ROOM -- NIGHT

BURN enters the room. He carefully takes out...

MEL'S journal.

As he looks at it, we

CUT TO:

INT. HOSPITAL WARD -- NIGHT

DAVID grips his daughters hand as he drifts to sleep.

FADE TO BLACK

END OF

ACT

EXT. CITY -- NEW DAY

EST. SHOTS as a new day dawns on the city.

CUT TO:

INT. REHEARSAL HALL -- NEW DAY

OPEN ON BURN hard at work, learning his moves. MAC and JAY are intently watching him.

MAC

Okay, bagus, tapi ingat, pace yourself. You takkan sampai akhir lagu kalau selalu intense macam tu.

Okay, bagus, tapi ingat, pace yourself. You can't go this hard the entire song. You'll wear yourself out.

BURN nods. He's sweating.

MAC

Take five.

Burn walks off to find a towel.

JAY

Not bad.

MAC

Actually, very good.

(beat)

You tahu tak... tadi pukul lapan dia dah masuk dah?

JAY

Kan I kata... it's good to have him back, right?

JAY'S phone rings. As JAY walks off, we

CUT TO:

INT. HOTEL LOBBY -- DAY

OPEN ON a camera crew waiting. The lift doors slide open. AMIR and NICKSON step forward...

The crew rushes... past NICKSON... towards AMIR.

NICKSON

How come he gets all the attention?

The REPORTER, JEFF, thrusts his camera into AMIR'S face.

JEFF

Benarkah ayah Amir tidak sihat?

We hear that your father is very sick back in Kedah. Is that true?

AMIR

Macam mana kamu dapat tahu?

How did you find out about that?

JEFF

Ya atau tidak.

Just answer yes or no, please.

AMIR

Memang benar. Amir risau tentang dia.

Yes, it's true. I'm very worried about him.

JEFF

Kenapa Amir tak balik ke kampung supaya boleh dekat dengan ayah amir?

Will you go back to visit him?

AMIR

Memang Amir nak balik... tapi ibu pesan kepada Amir. Semua mahu Amir menang pertandingan ini.

God knows I want to. But I spoke to my Mother... she tells me that everyone back home wants me to stay on the competition.

(beat)

Pada masa ini, Amir masih di dalam Malaysian Star.

At this point in time, I'm staying.

JEFF

Jadi pertandingan ini lebih penting dari ayah Amir?

So you would put winning this competition over your own father?

AMIR

Amir nak menang Malaysian Star. Untuk Ayah Amir.

I want to win this competition FOR my father.

In the background, JAY watches. On his expression, we

CUT TO:

INT. HOTEL LOBBY -- DAY

NICKSON is watching AMIR when he's interrupted by someone shouting...

NICKSON'S DAD

Ah Soon!

NICKSON turns to see... his DAD, storming towards him.

NICKSON'S DAD

Where's your mother?

NICKSON

She's upstairs.

NICKSON'S DAD

Get her to come down now.

NICKSON

No.

NICKSON'S DAD

What did you say?

NICKSON hesitates, then...

CALVIN

Leave him alone.

They turn. CALVIN approaches them.

DAD turns to NICKSON in disdain.

NICKSON'S DAD

Wah! Your boyfriend is here to save you is it?

NICKSON reacts. CALVIN grabs NICKSON'S hand.

CALVIN

(to Nickson)

Come on, let's go.

They walk away.

NICKSON'S DAD

Yah, go la!

(beat)

Let's see how long your boyfriend can protect you!!

As CALVIN and NICKSON walk away... the cameras start snapping.

NICKSON notices, and immediately lets go of CALVIN'S hand.

CALVIN reacts, stunned.

CALVIN

What's wrong?

NICKSON

I have to go...

A beat. Then CALVIN walks away, disgusted.

On NICKSON'S expression, we

CUT TO:

INT. REHEARSAL HALL -- DAY

Its after rehearsals. As the kids walk out, MAC calls for...

MAC

Nickson, stay back.

NICKSON turns.

CUT TO:

INT. REHEARSAL HALL -- LATER

JAY, MAC and NICKSON are alone in the room.

JAY

If photos of you holding hands with a guy comes out, sure kita dapat complain. From the viewers, the sponsors, the TV station... the censors.

If photos of you holding hands with a guy comes out, we're going to get complains from the viewers, the sponsors, the TV station... the censors.

(beat)

They can even shut us down, man.

NICKSON

So what d'you want me to do?!

JAY

Jay boleh arrang PC. You kata, gambar tu semua out of context. You were sharing chewing gum or something.

I'll arrange a press conference... you say that those photos were taken out of context. That guy... he was passing you some chewing gum or something, man.

NICKSON

Chewing gum?

JAY

And is he coming to the show?

NICKSON

Calvin? Yah...

JAY

Well, he can't.

NICKSON

What?!

JAY

Dude's got to disappear... do you see Beckham's mistress going and watching him play a match?

NICKSON

Calvin is not my mistress.

JAY

What you call him in private is not my business. Tapi bila audience nampak nanti...

Call him whatever you want, but the viewers are just going to see what they wanna see.

(beat)

Do you still want to win this thing?

NICKSON

Of course I do.

JAY

Most of your votes are going to come from teenage girls, right?

(beat)

They want to vote for somebody who they think can fall in love with them.

Which teenage girl is going to vote for you if they think you swing both ways?

JAY'S phone rings.

JAY

Yah?

He walks off. NICKSON turns to MAC...

MAC

Jay's right.

(beat)

If you want to win this thing... then that's what you have to do.

(beat)

But sooner or later, you have to decide who you really are.

On NICKSON'S expression, we

CUT TO:

INT. REHEARSAL HALL -- NIGHT

OPEN ON DVCAM POV: BURN dances under a spotlight, by himself in the rehearsal hall.

We hear...

JOE

Jadi? You nak buat apa dengan share you?

So dude, what you going to do wit all that money, man?

BURN

Share I?

WIDEN TO reveal JOE holding a DVCAM, recording BURN.

JOE

Duit yang kita bet tu.

Yo, the money that we're going to win lah.

(beat)

Kalau you menang, lah.

That's if you win this next round lah.

BURN ignores him and keeps on training.

JOE

I nak beli rims baru.

I figure first thing I'm gonna do is get a new set of rims, man.

(beat)

Stereo yang boombastic. Siap degan woofer ganas.

Or maybe a new sound system for the car. With the woofers and tweeters and everything.

BURN

Joe, shuddup dude. I tak boleh fokus ni.

Yo, will you shut up, man. I can't focus!

JOE

Yo, chill, man.

He continues recording.

JOE

Kenapa serius sangat? Sebab duit tu ke?

Why you so serious all the sudden. Nothing like some cold hard cash to motivate you, right, dude?

BURN stops dancing, sweating.

BURN

Asalkan budak you boleh bagi payout...

You just make sure that boy of your pays us at the end of the day, man.

JOE

Jangan risau, man. Itukan speciality ku.

Leave the collection to me... that's my specialty lah.

BURN

Bagi I kamera tu.

Gimme that thing.

JOE passes the Dvcam to BURN. BURN plays to watch it.

BURN

Kenapa blur sangat?

Yo, why's it all shaky and blur man?

JOE

You ingat I jurukamera RTM or something?

What, do I look like a cameraman to you?

His phone beeps with a message. He checks it.

JOE

(to Burn)

Okay. Ada business.

Right. Got some business to handle.

(beat)

Later.

He and BURN do a handshake, then he exits.

BURN slumps down on the floor, tired.

CUT TO:

INT. HOTEL BATHROOM -- DAY

NICKSON is on the phone.

NICKSON

Cal?

CALVIN (V.O.)

Yah?

NICKSON

I'm sorry. About this morning.

No answer.

NICKSON

You're still coming tomorrow, right?

CALVIN (V.O.)

What for? I'm just going to embarrass you, right?

On NICKSON'S expression, we

CUT TO:

INT. HOTEL ROOM -- DAY

OPEN ON NICKSON'S MUM watching TV. NICKSON enters from the bathroom.

NICKSON

So ma... what d'you want for dinner?

MUM doesn't answer. She's staring at the TV screen.

NICKSON turns and sees...

On the TV screen... NICKSON holding hands with CALVIN.

CUT TO CAMERA POV: POP TV ANNOUNCER facing the camera.

POP TV ANNOUNCER

The question on everyone's lips is... are they just good friends? Or something more?

MUM turns to NICKSON.

On NICKSON'S expression, we

CUT TO:

INT. REHEARSAL HALL -- NIGHT

BURN takes out his handphone. He dials a number and listens.

His phone goes straight to his VOICEMAIL.

VOICEMAIL

You have three saved messages. To play them, please press-

BURN presses the number.

VOICEMAIL

First saved message...

Then we hear MEL'S voice.

MEL (V.O.)

Hi, I'm calling just to tell you that I'm sorry. I just got scared, you know, when I saw the crowd. I didn't think I could handle it without taking-

(beat)

Look, please call me, okay. so that we can talk?

VOICEMAIL

To save this message, press 9, to listen to it again, press-

BURN presses a button.

VOICEMAIL

Message saved. Next saved message.

MEL'S voice appears again. This time, we can hear music in the background. MEL also sounds slightly intoxicated.

MEL

Hey, why haven't you called? I feel... empty without you. I need to talk to you. Call me. Please.

VOICEMAIL

To save this message, press-

BURN presses another button.

VOICEMAIL

Message saved. Next message.

This time, music almost drowns MEL'S voice. She sounds hysterical... like she's been crying.

MEL

Burn... Burn, I'm sorry...

MEL is just sobbing. The message doesn't go off. We hear her sobbing... more and more.

BURN doesn't switch it off. As he continues listening, we PULL OUT and

FADE TO BLACK

END OF

ACT

EXT. CITY -- NEW DAY

EST. SHOTS as a new day dawns on the city.

CUT TO:

INT. GUY'S HOTEL ROOM -- DAY

The guys are all asleep. They're startled by the hotel phone ringing.

BURN picks up, then...

BURN

Yo, Mir... it's for you, man.

AMIR reaches over for the phone.

AMIR

Hello?

On his expression, we

CUT TO:

INT. MAC'S HOTEL ROOM -- DAY

MAC opens the door for AMIR, who still looks dishevelled from sleep.

AMIR

Kenapa boss?

What's up, coach?

MAC hands him a newspaper. AMIR looks and reacts.

On the cover, it reads: MALAYSIAN STAR CHOOSES STARDOM OVER FAMILY?

On AMIR'S expression, we

CUT TO:

INT. HOTEL LOBBY -- DAY

POP TV ANNOUNCER faces the camera.

POP TV ANNOUNCER

Inilah sedutan temuduga yang Amir berikan semalam kepada Jeff Chong dari Music Now.

Yesterday, Amir was interviewed by Jeff Chong of Music Now about his father, who is apparently very ill.

(beat)

Let's take a look at the controversial video...

CUT TO:

VIDEO FOOTAGE OF INTERVIEW:

JEFF

Benarkah ayah Amir tidak sihat?

We hear that your father is very sick back in Kedah. Is that true?

AMIR

Memang benar.

Yes, it's true.

JEFF

Kenapa Amir tak balik ke kampung supaya boleh dekat dengan ayah amir?

Will you go back to visit him?

AMIR

Amir masih di dalam Malaysian Star.

I'm staying.

JEFF

Jadi pertandingan ini lebih penting dari ayah Amir?

So you would put winning this competition over your own father?

AMIR

Amir nak menang Malaysian Star

I want to win this competition.

CUT TO:

INT. HOTEL LOBBY -- CONTINUOUS

POP TV ANNOUNCER

Adakah ini Amir yang sebenar? Bukan Amir budak baik dari Alor Setar, tapi seorang yang sanggup buat apa saja untuk memenangi Malaysian Star?

Fans are up in arms. Is this the same sweet kampung boy everyone loves? Or is this a ruthless contender who will stop at nothing to win?

(beat)

Even if it's at the expense of a sick father?

CUT TO:

INT. MAC'S HOTEL ROOM -- CONTINUOUS

OPEN ON TV SCREEN: AMIR and MAC are watching.

AMIR

Memang Amir kata benda tu, tapi...

I said those things but...

(beat)

Ada banyak yang dipotong!

There were other things I said. They cut it all out!

CUT TO:

INT. HOTEL LOBBY -- DAY

POP TV ANNOUNCER

Bara membakar di forum Internet, dikibar oleh pengakuan Amir.

The chat forums have been ablaze with fans offering their own two cents over Amir's statement.

She holds up a sheet.

POP TV ANNOUNCER

Misalnya...

Listen to this...

(reading)

"Dulu bila mentah... budak kampung... datang ke bandar, cari kerja. Jumpa jodoh yang beriman, siap nikah."

(beat)

"Tiba2 jadi Malaysian Star. Kononlah, macam lupa semua - lupa kpd ibubapa, lupa budi baiknya, lupa tunangnya."

CUT TO:

INT. MAC'S HOTEL ROOM -- CONTINUOUS

MAC and AMIR still watch the screen.

MAC

Bagaimana mereka tahu ayah Amir tak sihat?

How d'you think they found out that your Dad is sick?

AMIR

Mungkin ada orang kat kampung...

Maybe someone from the kampung said something. Or...

AMIR thinks to himself, realizing something.

MAC dials his phone. On his expression, we

CUT TO:

INT. HOTEL LOBBY -- CONTINUOUS

WAHIDA

So... macam mana, Mac?

Mac, when are you joining the party?

WIDEN TO reveal that the lobby is crowded with press and fans.

MAC

Amir kata tape tu dah edit.

My boy says that he's been re-edited. You know anything about this?

WAHIDA

Dan Jeff sanggup buat apa-apa untuk eksklusif.

I know that Jeff will do anything just to get his face out there.

WAHIDA

So... macam mana, Mac?

Mac, when are you joining the party?

WIDEN TO reveal that the lobby is crowded with press and fans.

MAC

Amir kata tape tu dah edit.

My boy says that he's been re-edited. You know anything about this?

WAHIDA

Dan Jeff sanggup buat apa-apa untuk eksklusif.

I know that Jeff will do anything just to get his face out there.

WAHIDA looks at Mac.

WAHIDA

Unless someone is coordinating the whole thing.

MAC

Please. I want a name.

Just help me find out where he got that info.

MAC hangs up. AMIR is sitting, very quiet.

MAC

You tahu tak siapa yang buat

You know who did this?

AMIR

Tak.

He gets up and walks out straight away.

On MAC'S expression, we

CUT TO:

INT. HOTEL LOBBY -- DAY

JAY walks through the lobby, on the phone.

JAY

Yah, I heard about the news.

(beat)

Yah. Jangan risau. I boleh handle.

Yah. Don't worry. I'll handle it.

JAY walks past... POP TV ANNOUNCER facing the cameras.

POP TV ANNOUNCER

Selepas hari ini, kami hanya dengar nama Amir, Amir Amir. Tapi kami tak lupa, fokus rancangan ini dalah sebenarnya Malaysian Star, dan malam ini showdown.

And with all the hue and cry over Amir... it seems that the focus has shifted from what really matters... tonight's showdown!

CUT TO:

INT. SERVICE CORRIDOR -- DAY

OPEN ON a worker rolling out a rubbish bin, almost knocking into...

The Malaysian Stars, walking through the corridor. BABY looks around distastefully.

BABY

Sebab press gila Amir, kita semua harus sorok.

So if he's the one they want to see... why do the rest of us have to avoid the press.

BURN

Dan Nickson? Sure, tunjuk press boyfriend dia.

The press wanna see Nickson too, what? Find out if he has a boyfriend.

NICKSON

Shut up, Burn.

BURN

Whooa... I'm scared, man.

BABY

Yah, shut up, Burn.

BURN keeps quiet.

NICKSON

You kata benda-benda tu ke?

So did you really say those things?

AMIR

Tak.

No.

BURN

Nampak macam you dekat video tu.

Looked a lot like you on that video.

BURN'S phone rings. BURN answers it.

BURN

Yo!

CUT TO:

INT. VCD SHOPLOT -- DAY

JOE and the VCD SELLER stare at the screen.

JOE

Yo! Sure Amir tu dah mati. Malam ni jackpot, beb.

Yo, dude! The way that guy Amir looks, we're set for a jackpot tonight, man.

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BURN steals a glance at AMIR.

BURN

Yah, whatever, man.

CUT TO:

JOE

Eh, you kena deliver, dude. Don't screw up.

Just don't screw up tonight, man.

CUT TO:

BURN

I won't.

CUT TO:

INT. CARPARK -- DAY

The kids exit into the carpark. Their van is already waiting.

JAY is standing beside it, with a walkie-talkie.

JAY

Cepat guys. Dah nearly showtime.

Get in quick, we don't have much time.

The kids all bundle in. As AMIR walks past JAY, he looks him in the eye.

JAY

Jangan risau. Fans senang lupa.

Don't worry... the fans forget easily.

AMIR doesn't answer... just gets into the van.

Once everyone's in... JAY taps on the van.

JAY

Okay, go.

The van starts driving. Suddenly, it screeches to a halt.

A camera crew is in their way... lights and cameras pointed straight at them.

The kids hear some sounds from the back. They turn to find... press reporters running towards the van.

The van starts honking. But none of the reporters are budging.

BURN

Tekan accelerator saja lah. Apa nak takut?

Just drive straight through. See what they'll do.

MAC winds down his wondow and calls out to JAY.

MAC

Hey! You kata carpark secure!

I thought you said the damn carpark was supposed to be secure!!

JAY

I tak tahu, siapa yang leak?

I don't know. Someone must have leaked it, man.

AMIR hesitates, then...

He pulls open the door and gets out.

MAC

Amir!!

AMIR steps out. The cameras surround him immediately.

JAY tries to block them.

JAY

Apa you buat, Amir?

Yo, dude, what the hell you doing, man?

A REPORTER shoves past JAY.

POP TV ANNOUNCER

Amir... adakah kemenangan mustahak sangat yang Amir sanggup mengorbankan keluarga Amir?

Amir, tell us... is winning so important that you'll sacrifice your family?

AMIR

Keluarga Amir mustahak kepada Amir. Amir memang nak balik kepada mereka. Tapi semua mintak Amir, duduk kat KL. Menang Malaysian Star.

Nothing can be more important than my family. In that interview... I said that I want to be home. But everyone back in Kedah... my family... my friends... all say that I should stay and win.

(beat)

Amir nak menang untuk ayah Amir.

I want to win this for my father.

(beat)

Apa yang Amir kata semalam... semua dia putar-belitkan. Sampai dia tukar niat Amir.

My question to the Reporter yesterday is... why did he cut out all these things I said? What did I do to deserve it?

JAY

Okay guys. Itu saja. Thank you.

Okay everyone, that's all for now.

But AMIR grabs the mike.

AMIR

Lagi satu benda. Amir sungguh bersyukur kerana mendapat pertolongan dari seorang insan yang istimewa Jay Rahman dari Rock Records.

There's something else I want to say. Throughout all this, someone has stood by me. Jay Rahman of Rock Records.

JAY turns and stares.

AMIR

Pertolongan Jay lebih daripada sokongan moral sahaja. Dia sanggup menghantar sepuluh ribu ringgit ke keluarga Amir, untuk mengkurangai bebabn mereka, termasuk bill hospital ayah Amir.

Jay has sent ten thousand ringgit to my family. To help pay for my father's medical expenses.

(beat)

Amir berterima kasih kerana kebaikan hatinya.

I want to thank him for his generosity.

The cameras all train on JAY. In the van, MAC reacts.

REPORTER

Jay, sepuluh ribu tu... dari Rock Records?

Jay, the ten thousand... is that from Rock Records?

As JAY struggles to answer, AMIR gets back into the van.

BURN

Dude. Kadang-kadang you pun boleh cool.

Dude, that was cool, man.

(beat)

Kadang-kadang.

As AMIR high-fives the rest, the driver honks the van.

The reporters move out of the way, and the van drives off.

CUT TO:

INT. HOSPITAL WARD -- DAY

OPEN ON MEL in bed. DAVID sits beside her, holding her hand. Then he looks at his watch and switches on the TV.

On the TV screen...

CUT TO:

INT. STUDIO RECEPTION -- DAY

CAMERA POV: POP TV ANNOUNCER faces the camera.

POP TV ANNOUNCER

Selamat kembali ke Seri Pentas, di mana empat ya, bukan tiga, tapi EMPAT peserta akan menghadapi satu sama lain. Pengembalian Burn, skandal Amir apa lagi?

And we're here again, at Sri Pentas, where our remaining four contestants will face off. With Burn back, and speculations about Amir, this showdown promises to be an exciting one.

CUT TO:

INT. MAKE-UP AREA -- DAY

The kids are all getting ready. AMIR and NICKSON sit down beside each other.

NICKSON

Amir... berani you tadi, depan reporters.

Ey Amir... the way you faced those reporters... that took a lot of guts, man.

AMIR

(shrugs)

Amir nak beritahu apa yang benar saja.

I just wanted the truth to come out. That's all.

On NICKSON'S expression, we

CUT TO:

INT. BACKSTAGE AREA -- DAY

NICKSON dials his phone. Then...

NICKSON

(on phone)

Hey Cal... are you coming?

CUT TO:

INT. TV3 STUDIO -- NIGHT

The ANNOUNCER bounds up onto the stage.

ANNOUNCER

Ya, selamat datang ke pusingan kedua Malaysian Star. Siapa diantara Amir, Burn, Baby dan Nickson akan melangkah ke pusingan terakhir Minggu depan? Sudah pasti semua gelisah, bukan saja peserta, tapi peminat, kawan dan keluarga sama.

CUT TO:

INT. BACKSTAGE AREA -- LATER

MAC walks in front of the kids.

MAC

Ingat, fokus. Konsentrasi.

Remember your focus. Concentration.

(beat)

Jangan peduli yang lain. Hanya kamu... dan penonton.

Forget everything else. It's just you... and the audience.

On everyone's expression, we

CUT TO:

INT. TV3 STUDIO -- CONTINUOUS

POP TV ANNOUNCER

Ya, peserta pertama malam ini telah mendapat tempat kedua minggu lepas. Bagaimana dengan minggu ini? Pertama? Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan... BABY!

Our first contestant came second in the last showdown. Will she get top spot this time round? Ladies and gentlemen... Baby!!

BABY steps onto stage. She looks into the crowd and sees...

Constance and Fazrina... waving.

CUT TO:

INT. MAKE-UP AREA -- CONTINUOUS

AMIR strums his guitar.

He wears headphones... plugged into a digital recorder.

JAY enters and approaches.

JAY

Amir... kenapa you bagi tahu reporters pasal duit tu?

Yo, the money I sent your parents... why did you tell them about that, man?

AMIR

Kamu yang menglibati keluarga Amir.

You should never have brought my family into this whole thing.

JAY

Apa?

What?

AMIR

Amir tahu, Jay yang bocorkan semua ke reporter tu. Lepas tu, Jay suruh mereka sunting video tu.

I know you told that Reporter about my father. Then you got them to edit that video of me.

JAY

Kamu ni gila tahu tak. Buat apa nak bazirkan masa begitu?

You're paranoid, you know that? Why would I waste my time on something like that?

AMIR

Sebab Jay mahu Amir kalah.

Because you want me kicked out.

A beat.

JAY

You ingat you siapa?

Who d'you think you are?!

(beat)

You ingat, dengan tiba-tiba saja you dapat fans?

You think that those people out there are your fans just like that?!

(beat)

Siapa yang create imej budak baik you? Dapatkan Ekslusif? Suruh majalah tulis artikel?

Who created your kampung boy image? Got exclusives for you? Told the magazines what to write? Made you who you are today.

(beat)

You ingat you hebat sangat ke? Kalau bukan kerana I... Amir tiada apa-apa.

You think you're so hot? You're nothing without me!

(beat)

Apa yang aku beri, aku boleh ambil kembali.

What I gave you... I can take away!

They're interrupted by...

MAC

Everything all right?

JAY and AMIR square off.

JAY

(to Amir)

Tunggu you nanti.

This isn't over.

JAY walks off. AMIR and MAC exchange looks, then...

MAC

You're next.

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INT. TV3 STUDIO -- NIGHT

ANNOUNCER

Sekarang, seorang yang ramai tidak jangka akan kembali selepas persembahanya minggu lepas bila dia tidak nyanyi satu nota pun.

Next... the contestant who cracked under pressure last week and walked off the stage.

(beat)

Kalau bukan kerana fans dia, pasti dia tidak kembali. Tapi akan dia memberi balas minggu ni kepada peminatnya?

He was saved by his fans. But this week, can he give the fans what they deserve?

(beat)

Amir!!

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INT. BACKSTAGE -- CONTINUOUS

MAC is standing with AMIR.

MAC

Ingat... fokus.

Remember... focus.

AMIR nods and walks off.

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INT. TV3 STUDIO -- CONTINUOUS

AMIR steps on the stage. We can hear...

Cheers. And booing.

AMIR closes his eyes... letting the sounds die away.

As the music starts, AMIR opens his eyes and launches into his performance

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INT. MAKE-UP AREA -- NIGHT

BURN and BABY are in the dressing room. Baby is watching the TV. Burn is sitting off to the side. AMIR is singing on TV, but BURN ignores him and puts his headphones on.

Instead, he hears what Melody was singing at the last show. BURN reminisces.

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FLASHBACK

BURN and MELODY rehearsing together.

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FLASHBACK

First performance, when BURN and Mel are waiting to perform themselves.

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FLASHBACK

Waiting for the results, when Melody slipped her hand inside BURN'S.

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INT. MAKE-UP AREA -- NIGHT

BURN leans his head against the wall. He takes a deep breath.

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INT. TV3 STUDIO -- NIGHT

AMIR finishes his performance.

ANNOUNCER

Wow! Satu persembahan yang menkagumkan. Jangan peduli apa yang jadi minggu lepas, Amir telah kembali!

Wow! Satu persembahan yang menkagumkan. Whatever happened last week, Amir telah kembali!

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INT. BACKSTAGE -- CONTINUOUS

AMIR exits off the stage, smiling.

He sees JAY... scowling.

AMIR just walks straight ahead and shakes MAC'S hand.

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INT. TV3 STUDIO -- CONTINUOUS

ANNOUNCER

Dia telah mendapat undian terbawah minggu lepas tapi dia tetap dengan kita. Adakah dia akan mengambil peluang keduanya? BURN!

Our next contestant had the lowest vote last week. But circumstances have given him a second chance. Will he take advantage of it? Or squander it? Ladies and gentlemen... Burn!!

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INT. TV3 STUDIO -- CONTINUOUS

BURN walks to the stage. AMIR holds out his hand.

AMIR

Good luck.

BURN

I don't need luck.

AMIR is about to withdraw his hand. But BURN smiles and shakes it. As he walks out, he says to himself.

BURN

Showtime, baby...

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BURN walks out on stage. Everyone claps. As the music starts, we

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INT. VCD SHOPLOT -- NIGHT

JOE and the VCD seller cheer.

JOE

Come on... show us me the money!!

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INT. STUDIO RECEPTION -- NIGHT

OPEN ON CALVIN rushing in... looking at his watch.

He gives his ticket to the USHER. The USHER looks at him and refuses to budge.

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INT. BACKSTAGE -- CONTINUOUS

JAY'S phone rings. He answers.

JAY

No. Keep him out.

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INT. STUDIO RECEPTION -- NIGHT

USHER

Sorry. You tak boleh masuk.

Sorry, you can't go in.

On CALVIN'S expression, we

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INT. TV3 STUDIO -- CONTINUOUS

On stage...

BURN finishes perfoming. The crowd goes wild.

ANNOUNCER

(to crowd)

Adakah ini Burn yang kalah minggu lepas?

Is this the same Burn that you guys voted out last week?

The crowd shouts louder.

ANNOUNCER

(to Burn)

Apakah pertukarannya?

From last week, till today. What's changed?

BURN

(shrugs)

Adalah sebabnya.

I found a reason.

The crowd goes wild.

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INT. HOSPITAL WARD -- NIGHT

DAVID, sitting beside MEL, watches the TV screen and smiles to himself.

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INT. TV3 STUDIO -- NIGHT

ANNOUNCER

Peserta kami terakhir mendapat tempat ketiga minggu lepas. Bukan yang terbaik, tapi bukan juga yang terlemah.

Our last contestant was third last week... not really in the top. And not really in the bottom.

(beat)

Bagaimana dengan minggu ini... NICKSON!!!

How well will he do this week? Ladies and gentlemen... Nickson!!

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INT. BACKSTAGE -- CONTINUOUS

NICKSON is holding his phone. It beeps with a message. He checks it:

CALVIN - THEY WON'T LET ME IN!

NICKSON reacts.

MAC

Nickson, you're next.

NICKSON resolves himself and walks out.

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INT. TV3 STUDIO -- CONTINUOUS

Onstage...

NICKSON looks out into the crowd. He sees...

His MUM sitting by herself. CALVIN isn't there.

NICKSON hesitates, then...

NICKSON

This is for Calvin.

As mumurs rip through the crowd, the music starts, and NICKSON performs...

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INT. LOW COST FLATS -- NIGHT

Nickson's DAD is eating whilst watching TV. He stares, stunned. As he slams his glass on the table, we

CUT TO:

INT. STUDIO RECEPTION -- CONTINUOUS

CALVIN, standing outside, looks at a TV screen, reacts and smiles to himself.

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INT. TV3 STUDIO -- NIGHT

NICKSON finishes performing. The crowd claps.

ANNOUNCER

Ladies and gentlemen... Nickson!!

NICKSON walks off to applause.

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INT. BACKSTAGE -- NIGHT

NICKSON enters backstage to find...

The rest of the Malaysian stars... clapping.

BURN goes up to NICKSON.

BURN

Way to go, man.

They shake hands. MAC approaches.

MAC

Never thought anyone could top Burn's performance tonight, man.

(beat)

But I guess you did.

NICKSON

Yahlah. I kan drama queen.

Mac gets a signal from the stage.

MAC

Ok, go.

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INT. TV3 STUDIO -- CONTINUOUS

The kids troop onstage as the announcer is saying this.

ANNOUNCER

Inilah masa yang dinanti-nantikan. Masa untuk mengumumkan siapa yang layak bergerak ke peringkat akhir Malaysian Star dan siapakah seorang yang malang, yang perjalananya akan akhir malam Ini.

NICKSON looks nervous. He wants to hold Burn's hand, but BURN doesn't let him.

ANNOUNCER

Pemenang malam ini, iaitu artis yang mendapat undian tertinggi...

The Announcer doesn't even have to mention the name; the crowd does it for him.

ANNOUNCER/CROWD

BURN!!!

Applause all around. BURN punches the air with his fists.

ANNOUNCER

Tempat kedua... BABY!

Baby looks so relieved. After this announcement, she's positively beaming.

ANNOUNCER

Jadi, satu di antara Amir dan Nickson akan berhenti perjalananya di sini.

(beat)

Peserta yang akan maju ke pusingan terakhir ialah... Amir!

NICKSON crumples, almost falling down. AMIR steadies him with his hand and gives him a hug to support him.

In the crowd, MUM watches, concerned.

On NICKSON'S expression, we

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INT. STUDIO RECEPTION -- CONTINUOUS

CALVIN watches the screen, concerned.

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INT. MAKE-UP AREA -- NIGHT

The kids are packing up. NICKSON sits by himself, downcast.

MAC approaches him.

MAC

You might have lost tonight. But you did really well out there.

(beat)

I'm proud of you.

MAC walks off. Then NICKSON'S handphone rings.

NICKSON

(on phone)

Cal?

CALVIN (V.O.)

Hey, I'm sorry.

NICKSON

It's okay.

(beat)

See you back at the hotel?

CALVIN (V.O.)

Sure.

On NICKSON'S expression, we

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INT. HOTEL LOBBY -- NIGHT

The kids (BURN, BABY, AMIR and NICKSON) walk into the lobby.

JOE approaches BURN.

JOE

Burn, Baby... I love you!

BURN

Chill dude. Nanti orang kata I selalu hang out dengan Nickson pulak.

Yo, chill. People will think I'm spending too much time with Nickson, man.

JOE

Let's go get our gaji, bro.

BURN

Cover for me... Nick!

NICKSON

Cover what?!

BURN and JOE have already run off.

NICKSON

(to himself)

I'm out already...

The rest walk towards the lifts. The lift doors slide open. Then NICKSON sees...

His DAD, sitting at the couch, waitng for him.

NICKSON approaches. He's been drinking.

NICKSON'S DAD

My friends are laughing at me, you know that?!

NICKSON

Pa-

DAD

You think you so smart... tell the whole world.

(beat, closes up on Nickson)

Why don't you tell to my face.

NICKSON

Pa-

Before NICKSON can say anything, DAD slaps him in the face. NICKSON reels.

NICKSON

Pa, I'm sorry. I'll never be who you want me to be.

NICKSON'S DAD hits him... hard.

NICKSON gets up.

DAD

Sorry?!! Sorry then somemore say.

NICKSON

(stronger)

I'll live my life the way I want.

DAD swings again at NICKSON. Nickson reaches out and stops his father's arm.

NICKSON

And there's nothing you can do about it.

Dad lets go of NICKSON. Then he sees...

CALVIN and NICKSON'S MUM... approaching.

NICKSON'S DAD

May... let's go home.

NICKSON'S MUM hesitates, then...

NICKSON'S MUM

No.

NICKSON'S DAD

What?!!

NICKSON

She said no!

NICKSON'S DAD stares at everyone. He realizes he can't do anything.

NICKSON'S DAD

(to Nickson)

You're not my son anymore.

(OR)

From now on, my son is dead.

NICKSON watches his father stagger out of the hotel.

A beat.

Then as NICKSON and MUM hug each other, we

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INT. STOREROOM -- NIGHT

OPEN ON a sack of bills being counted by the VCD seller.

VCD SELLER

Dude.... tak ada siapa-siapa yang sangka you akan menang...

JOE

Tapi dia menang.

Joe slaps Burn's back.

JOE

You're da man!!

VCD SELLER

Berani you... biasanya orang kalah dengan sengaja.

BURN

Tapi odds untuk menang lebih tinggi, kan?

The VCD seller has put out three piles.

VCD SELLER

Ini untuk you, Ini untuk Burn...

Joe takes a large stack off the VCD SELLER's share and splits it between him and BURN. The VCD SELLER looks aghast at this.

JOE

Bunga, babe.

On BURN'S expression, we

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INT. HOSPITAL WARD -- NIGHT

OPEN ON MEL in bed. WIDEN TO REVEAL...

DAVID, asleep beside her.

Outside, BURN stares in.

On his expression, we

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INT. HOSPITAL WARD -- LATER

DAVID wakes up and looks around. There's no one in the room.

Then he notices... an envelope... on the table beside him.

He picks it up. On it is written...

"DARI PEMINAT SETIA MELODY".

Curious, DAVID peers inside...

It's stuffed with notes.

DAVID stands up and walks out to the corridor and looks around.

There's no one there.

We PULL OUT AND

FADE TO BLACK