P. Ramlee was the inimitable, charismatic and multi-talented Malaysian screen legend who epitomized Malay cinema and had a huge following in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia in the Fifties and Sixties. His reversal of fortune in the Seventies left him scorned and forgotten by his fans, yet long after his death in 1973, there was a seismic resurgence of interest in his films and a clamor for everything ‘P. Ramlee’ which has endured to this day. His is a story that even P. Ramlee, the master storyteller himself, could not have dreamed up.
Today, loved by young and old alike, his films and songs have attained cult status in Malaysia and are regularly screened on TV, gaining him new generations of fans. In his final years, broke and broken, he had despaired of ever recovering his magic and getting the recognition he craved. In what must be one of life’s little ironies, in death…he became a superstar.