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Tengku Iskhan Shah Tengku Haidar, better known as Que Haidar, has made his mark as an actor in films as well as television movies and dramas. — Pic courtesy of YouTube
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TENGKU Iskhan Shah Tengku Haidar, 35, or better known as Que Haidar, needs no introduction to those who follow the local film scene.
He has made his mark as an actor in films as well as television movies and dramas. He is married to choreographer Linda Jasmine Hashim and they have three children, and will next be seen in feature film Ophilia — a dark comedy about the skinhead culture — screening in December (this year).
Q: Have you always wanted to be an actor?
A: Yes, as far as I can remember, I have always dreamed of becoming an actor. When I was young, I would look at myself in the mirror and imagine what kind of character I could play. I’d also see how long it would take for me to shed tears because at that time I believed if I could force myself to cry then it was an indication of talent.
Q: Is your personality like any of the characters you play?
A: No. I’m actually a very shy person. My shyness lessened a little only after secondary school and when I entered Akademi Seni Kebangsaan (now ASWARA) in 1998 to train as an actor.
Q: What was your first film and did you remember what the experience was like?
A: It was Haru Biru which was filmed in 2004 although it was only released in 2007. It was exciting because It was my first experience in a feature film and my good friend (actor) Adlin (Aman Ramlie) motivated me to work hard for it.
However, my second film KL Menjerit (2005) was shown first although it was shot later. I was nervous throughout the filming because I was surrounded by big names such as Rosyam Nor.
Q: And did you also remember the moment when you became a star or a public figure of sorts?
A: Yes, it was right after KL Menjerit. It was a feeling of both happiness and triumph because a dream I harboured since childhood finally became a reality.
Q: Do you dance and has your wife ever pestered you to join her studio as a dancer or help her run the studio at the very least?
A: I used to dance the zapin in school. But that was a long time ago, and I can’t really dance now if you ask me to. My wife did ask me to be an assistant at the studio but I told her I’m her husband and there are more worthy people out there!
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
A: I would still be acting, because I could not imagine doing anything else. I have been freelancing as a drama and acting teacher whenever there’s no shooting.
I enjoy it and I think I’ll keep teaching for as long as I can as well. I have been offered opportunities to direct films, but I don’t think I’ll do that because I prefer to stick to what I know best.