M'sian heartthrob Remy Ishak says he's "more into Ramadan"
Malaysian heart-throb Remy Ishak is not so much into Hari Raya Puasa festivities as he is the holy month of Ramadan.
Remy, who was in town on Saturday for CelebFest 2016, said: "My Hari Raya is always a simple one. I'm more into Ramadan.
"Ramadan is a month where all Muslims are more careful with their actions and try to behave and practise what Islam is about. This month makes me a better person.
"We are human beings and we make mistakes, and during this month, I truly reflect on the year that has passed and what I had done."
This year, the 34-year-old has generated the right kind of buzz with his latest film Redha.
The film title means to wholeheartedly accept a situation and it centres on a couple coming to terms with their young son's autism.
Remy plays Azim, a swimming instr-uctor who forms a bond with the boy.
Remy said: "Autism is not a topic that has been explored in Malaysian cinema and I'm happy to be in a movie like that.
"In Malaysia, we mostly focus on love stories and comedies, so it's been amazing to hear such great feedback from the audience and media. It makes me happy to see the kind of impact it is making.
"Living in this time, where things are so advanced, people are selfish and don't really care about others.
"Films like this, that teach people things and make people more aware of others who are suffering, are important."
Remy had to accept a situation himself recently.
His car, a Mitsubishi Triton, was stolen by an unidentified person in Selangor in March. He has dealt with the situation light-heartedly.
"It's gone and I haven't got (myself) a replacement. I have three cars, so I have back-ups," he joked.
We are human beings and we make mistakes, and during this month I truly reflect on the year that's passed and what I've done.
- Malaysian heart-throb Remy Ishak on Ramadan