It was Nisar's brother, Nazir, who had urged him to take part in the
first place. Nazir had observed that the karang guni man had a scary
persona for some people and this became a prominent sub-plot weaved
into the storyline.
"In the movie, a father threatens his child, "If you
are naughty, I will call the karang guni man." When people
saw the movie they came up to me and said that they still have this
fear of the karang guni man. It was something they could relate
to," Nisar said.
The rest of his family was also very supportive and played a big
part in the movie. His sister, brother-in-law and their children
were all part of the cast. His brother's friend, Gordon Morias,
played the role of the unkempt and lonely karang guni man.
For all his efforts, he won $2500 and a cannister-shaped "Oscar".
He has not touched his prize money yet, but he hopes to buy a computer
or make another movie with it. Does he see movie-making as a possible
career? "There's not much of a market in Singapore. But if
I had the opportunity I would go for it," he said.
"Ragged" will even make a mark on the international scene
when it is screened in November this year as part of the Asian Discoveries
Programme in the Hawaii International Film Festival '93.
... packing up the day's junk and the broken dreams of his life,
the karang guni man stumbles his way back to his home under the
expressway. For all who have watched Nisar's movie, this familiar
neighbourhood personality will never be the same again.