I don’t know why so many people recommend this film if not the book. I tried to read the book (I think I managed to finish half of it, but then too lazy and bored to continue) – I’d say the book is not that bad. My friends and I had a lengthy discussion about the reality of the main character – is a character that ‘perfect’ realistic? With so many girls after him – I doubt it, I doubt it. They say Habiburrahman Shirazy (is that correct?) might be the new Hamka, but since I never read Hamka’s book, I can’t comment anything about that statement though I admit that I benefit from the reading (in term of remembrance of Allah).
Then the film is released, and I had hundreds of recommendation to watch it on Youtube. I tried, I managed to watch 2 parts out of 13 without skipping any scene but my conclusion is that the film is DISASTROUS!
Even during the first part I knew that the filming was not in Egypt – seems like in a studio somewhere. That is disappointing enough. Then comes the portrayal of the main character, who is it, I can’t even remember his name, with Maria the Christian girl – which is far from the kind of image the author projected in his book. That is not how he (the main character) supposed to be, I said.
I could not stand it anymore that I stopped watching in the middle of the third part. Disappointed really, but what can I say, when it comes to films, people think more of the profit than conveying the message of dakwah (with exception).
So don’t talk to me about Ayat-ayat Cinta anymore.
p.s. Hanee wanted to hit me since I could not stop laughing and commenting on the actors and actress speaking Indon despite their character being Egptians/Arabs. Haha. I am a skeptic, I am.
p.p.s I’ve just checked, the film is no longer available on Youtube. haha.