IN Gol & Gincu Vol. 2, Zak – an aspiring fashion designer with a rebellious streak played by Diana Danielle – clashes with Yaya, a happy-go-lucky social media influencer played by Ummi Nazeera, at their first day of university.
Like their characters, Diana and Ummi confessed they couldn’t quite gel at the start of the project.
“Diana and I knew each other since we were in our teens. She was close to all my friends, but for some reason, she and I couldn’t click,” Ummi shares at a press event promoting the film.
Over the years, the two never became more than acquaintances until Gol & Gincu Vol. 2 – a film, incidentally, about female friendships – had them working closely together.
Continues Ummi: “When we met at Red Films (the movie’s production company) for casting, I thought, ‘Alamak, how do I connect with her?’”
As filming progressed, Ummi says they gradually became good friends, especially when they found a common factor. “When I got pregnant (during filming), that’s when we became closer because now there was something we both could relate to,” says Ummi, mother of a two-month-old, about her newfound friendship with Diana, who has two kids.
Diana adds: “At the end of the film, I came to love her. We ended up understanding each other so much, we could finish each other’s sentences. Though I’ve known her since I was 12, now I’ve finally gained a new friend.”
Gol & Gincu Vol. 2 is a reboot of the 2005 all-female, futsal-set film of the same name. The new film sees university students Zak and Yaya, who have contrasting personalities, trying to put aside their differences to help a women’s shelter home.
“Friendship is very important in a girl’s life. The friends that we have determine the kind of person we become,” Ummi says about the film’s significance.
The 2018 version does not feature its original characters such as Putri (Fazura) and Eddy (Ashraf Sinclair). Only two familiar faces, Jijie (Sharifah Amani) and Shasha (Sazzy Falak) return to the reboot.
Creator Rafidah Abdullah, who also wrote the script for the original film, talks about starting anew with a fresh storyline and cast line-up.
“The thing about Gol & Gincu is, it’s a film about youths. Thirteen years after the original, if we were to bring back those old characters for Vol. 2, they would be at a more mature phase in life now,” she reasons.
“In the end, we thought it was important to make a film in the same spirit as the original, which is a film about youths, hence we have these new characters.”
Diana talks about the pressures of being a part of such a well-loved project.
“There was a lot of pressure. When they first called me in for casting, I didn’t want to go for it initially because I felt I couldn’t carry the story (and its legacy),” she confesses.
“But I found the story to be very interesting. In a time when the film industry is filled with genres like action, horror and movies with an all-male cast, the film gives a chance for women stories to take centre stage.”
Indeed, a major change in the film is, it does away with romantic storylines altogether, focusing instead on current social issues faced by youths.
“We are enough,” states Diana. “Just because we don’t have a hero in the movie, a love interest, doesn’t mean we cannot have a good storyline.”
One of the main issues the film addresses is cyberbullying, explored through Ummi’s character, Yaya, who dedicates her time and effort to being a social media influencer.
“As a celebrity, I can say that the impact of social media is life-long. I fear what my kids will learn about me on social media, whether true or false, and question me in the years to come,” Diana says.
“I think it’s important to have a film that talks about matters like this.”
Gol & Gincu Vol. 2 opens at GSC cinemas nationwide tomorrow.