Amani (born 10 June 1986), or affectionately known as Nani, is the second in a family of four girls. With her mother, an experienced acting coach and media consultant, her photographer father and sisters who are also involved in film and television, undeniably she was nurtured with a solid acting foundation.
Amani, who is of Malay-Chinese-Arab-Bengali parentage, speaks fluent English, Malay and some Hindi which has helped to garner her career path in hosting. With her great passion in acting, Amani appeared as a child extra in movie “Selubung”, playing a Palestinian refugee.and also as a child extra in “Mimpi Moon”, both by Pesona Pictures movies.
As a teen writer for the NST’s YouthQuake, Amani covered assignments like the Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla press conference, concerts by Bollywood stars, Deep Purple and the 3rd IIFA awards on Genting Highlands in 2002. When she was in secondary school , Amani impressed everybody as she wrote, directed and acted in a Bollywood version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Her hosting talent flourished with her vast exposure in co-hosting Techno-Kit, a television programme on TV2 and hosted one season of Astro Prima’s Salam Bollywood in 2004. She also hosted a special programme on the 3rd Boh Cameronian Arts Awards, 2005, for Astro Ria. Apart from that with her understanding of Hindi language, she also interviewed Indian actress Lillete Dubey (Monsoon Wedding) for a TV special. Amani was also a VJ for Channel 9’s late night entertainment programme – Latido, which she co-hosts with her sister Sharifah Aleya. In another ntv7 talk show - Selamba Serius, Amani co-hosted the show again with her sister Aleya.
Amani made her debut as a female lead in Yasmin Ahmad’s movie - Sepet, which won the Best Asean Feature Film award at the 9th Malaysian Video Awards, 2005. The movie won Best Film at the 18th Malaysian Film Festival, 2005. Sepet was premiered at the opening of the Mini Malaysian Film Festival in Singapore in September 2004. This movie has won numerous coveted awards, such as the Grand Jury Award at the Creteil International Festival of Women’s Films (France, 2005), The People’s Choice Awards at the 2005 Era Awards, and the Best Asian Film award at the 18th Tokyo International Film Festival (Japan, 2005). The movie was also shown at the 48th San Francisco International Film Festival and was an official selection at the Barcelona Asian Film Festival, 2005.
Following her huge success in the movie screen, she appeared again as Orked in Yasmin Ahmad’s third movie, Gubra, which was shot in August 2005. Not only that, Amani also starred in the fashionable and trendy movies Gol & Gincu, and other movies namely Puaka Tebing Biru, Cinta and played a cameo role in Yasmin Ahmad’s 4th movie, Mukhsin. Her outstanding acting performance as Orked in Sepet has won her the title “Most Promising Newcomer” at the 18th Malaysian Film Festival, 2005, and subsequently awarded the “Best Actress” for her role as Orked in Gubra at the 19th Malaysian Film Festival, 2006.
Amani is a highly motivated and versatile actress for film and stage, she acted as Ophelia in Actors Studio’s Hamlet, 2005 (directed by Faridah Merican) and also involved in Samuel Beckett’s EndGame at KLPAC, August 2006 (directed by Gavin Yap). Amani was also one of four judges for Nescafe Kickstart on TV3 (2005) and participated in Actorlympics 2005 at Actors Studio.
With Amani’s warm personality, pleasant look and gifted talent, she has been the brand ambassador for several brands, most significant among them are the famous home-grown household appliances brand PENSONIC and the new cosmetics line, Silkygirl (Silky White, Silky Lips and Silky Care), Silkygirl scent (named Sweetheart) and Sofy feminine towels. Amani also appeared in Maya, a Petronas TVC in 2005 and has been the cover girl for various magazines (Klue, Vida!, I-Remaja, Pengantin, E-Phone, Rapi, Jelita, Options and Remaja) and entertainment sections of newspapers.
Amani also sailed in the inaugural TAG Heuer Aquaracer Trophy event held in France (May 2005). The seven-men team from Malaysia came in 7th of 16 boats from around the world. Amani loves animals, make-up and clothes and also hopes to be a stand-up comedian one day. Being nominated the top 5 in two categories (Most Popular New Artiste and Most Popular Film Actress) in the 2006 Anugerah Bintang Popular (Berita Harian), Amani has surely began to solidify her commitment to film, stage and hosting.