Talentime is a 2009 Malaysian drama film written and directed by Yasmin Ahmad. Yasmin, in her blog, has described it as a story full of joy and pain, hope and despair, a host of beautifullywritten songs, and rich, rich characters.citation needed A Hindu open cremation and a scene reminiscent of the 2001 Kampung Medan riots are included in the film.

A music teacher, who is herself a great performer is organising an interschool talentime. Through the days of auditions, rehearsals and preparations, running up to the big day of the contest, the characters get embroiled in a world of heightened emotions ambition, jealousy, human comedy, romance, heartbreak all of which culminate in a day of great music and performances. Yasmin also mentioned that the idea behind Talentime was that as humans, we have to go through a lot of pain and some measure of suffering before we can reach greater heights.A talent search competition has matched two hearts that of Melur, a Malaymixed girl and an Indian male student, Mahesh. Melur, with her melodious voice, singing whilst playing the piano is one of the seven finalists of the Talentime competition of her school organised by Cikgu Adibah. Likewise Hafiz, enthralling with his vocalist talent while playing the guitar, dividing his time between school and mother, who is hospitalised for brain tumor. ........

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