Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The original script ending of "Mukhsin".

64. EXT. ON THE WAY TO MAK SENAH’S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS

Orked runs and runs. Makcik Senah's house is quite a distance away, so by the time she reaches it, she's panting. She circles the house. All the doors and windows are closed.

Finally she gives up and sits on the front doorsteps, wiping the sweat on her brow and catching her breath. Her gaze falls on a very tall tree nearby. She runs up to it and surveys the height of it. It's very tall.

Remembering what Mukhsin taught her, she climbs it and keeps on climbing until she reaches a branch strong enough to hold her weight.

From up there, she sees the entire neighbourhood. She sees the boys playing koba. Then the girls playing brides and groom. At last she sees, further on, a taxi. She appears excited, quietly wondering if Mukhsin is in that taxi.

Finally a hand comes out from the window and rides the wind.

CUT TO:

Orked looks close to tears, but doesn’t actually cry.
CUT TO BLACK.



65. EXT. ORKED ON HER WAY HOME – CONTINUOUS

Orked walks with a heavy heart, slowly making her way home.



66. EXT. FRONT OF ORKED’S HOUSE – CONTINUOUS

A small pick-up truck is parked by the road in front of Orked’s parents’ house. Some men are carrying a brand new sofa into the house. Orked’s parents stand around the front yard, admiring it. Uncle Sarip (who sang "Ne Me Quitte Pas") is there too.

SARIP
A-very nice. A-very very… nice. (Then to Orked) Oh, how are you, my dears?

MAK INOM
Hey! Hi, baby. Where have you been?

Orked doesn't answer. She looks like she’s in a daze.

Suddenly, from the back of the house, we hear Kak Yam hollering to everyone. Everyone, except Orked, now rushes to the back.

Now we hear everyone hollering Orked’s name. She turns her head in their direction and slowly makes her way there.



67. EXT. BACK OF ORKED’S HOUSE – CONTINUOUS

As Orked approaches the back of the house, the others fall silent and beam at her knowingly.

Abah steps aside to reveal Orked’s cat, Bujang, standing behind him. It looks thinner, dirtier and weaker, but there it has found its way home. The neighbour whose chick was killed by Bujang is squatting down stroking its back.

Seeing this, Orked covers her face. Mak pulls her to her chest. Orked sobs her heart out on it.


FADE TO BLACK.



END CREDITS