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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Comedian living his dream

ONE of his childhood dreams was to direct an animation but it was four decades later that veteran comedian and director A.R Badul finally got his break.

Badul has been active in animation for the last 10 years and is now the director of an animated series titled Mac & Ted, now in its third season.

The 13-episode cartoon series is enjoying good ratings.

“I’m more drawn to animation although people know me as a director of comedy movies.

“I started with the animation series Wise & Mice in 2000. I had wanted to pursue animation since my childhood, but never had the chance. After so many years, the opportunity came knocking,” said Badul, who now works for Makmur Megah Sdn Bhd.

Badul was offered to direct the 26-episode Mac & Ted for RTM in 2013.

“I have to look through the script, check the story flow, come up with the storyboard and monitor the animation as well as the dubbing process.

“It’s a tedious process but it gives me tremendous satisfaction,” said the 67-year-old, who has acted in more than 30 movies and directed 11.

 

Badul (right) in discussion with his film crew as they work on an animated series.

 

The son of legendary actor and comedian A.R Tompel @ Arman Ramlie Jaafar, Badul was first discovered in the Bakat TV competition in 1975 and was offered to play the lead in two self-titled movies, Panglima Badul and Si Badul in 1978.

A year later, he was offered the lead role in Tuan Badul.

“It was a bit of a culture shock for me when people called out my name everywhere I went.

“I knew the popularity was a phase, so I started to move away from the limelight to focus on directing movies,” said Badul, who started off as a theatre actor with the Kasma Booty troupe at the age of 15.

During his heyday, he used to be paired with comedians R. Jaafar, Yusni Jaafar, Param and Yahya Sulong.

The gifted comedian was born Armaya Aman Ramlie in Jalan Ampas, Singapore, but was raised in Parit Jawa, Muar in Johor, by the family of another comedian Mat Sentul.

Badul rejoicing after he won Best Actor and Best Director at the Malam Panca Delima Awards in 1989. —filepic

Badul moved to Kuala Lumpur in the 1960s and worked as a bus conductor for Mara bus in Klang.

“My break came when I joined Bakat TV in 1975.

“I am glad that after 42 years, I still think of what else I can do,” said Badul, who is the third of 18 children.

His mother is P. Suriati, a dancer and the first wife of Tompel.

Growing up, Badul did not see much of his father as Tompel was a busy man.

Tompel married five other times, one of them was legendary singer Saloma.

Among Badul’s memories of his father was the time when he told him that he would be a comedian one day.

Badul was 24 when Tompel was killed in a car accident in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, in 1973 at age 56.

Badul is the older brother of Armali Aman Ramlie (Tompel’s son with Saloma) and Adlin Arman Ramlie (Tompel’s son with veteran actress Ruminah Sidek).

“I guess my timing was right and everything that happened to me after my Bakat TV win helped push me further in pursuing my dream,” said Badul, who is happily married to a nurse named Maiza.