Photos: Channel 5
Video: Teng Siew Eng
We might not have seen or heard much from local singer Taufik Batisah this year because he has been dabbling in the Malaysian film scene since 2015, but Singaporeans can expect to see the Singapore Idol heartthrob more frequently soon, as he makes his return to the small screen as Khairul on Channel 5’s long form drama, Tanglin, this December 30.
The singer admitted that he was a big fan of the show even before receiving the role, he even called it a potential “classic” and compared it to popular past Channel 5 sitcoms Under One Roof and Phua Chu Kang.
“I’m a big fan of Tanglin, my family loves it, I have also jokingly expressed my interest in joining the show and it really happened” he mused.
Taufik will be playing a conceited playboy who appears as a family friend of the Rahmans with a hidden agenda (Hint: he will be rubbing shoulders pretty often with the notorious Tanglin nemeses which include Peter Tay, played by Tay Ping Hui, and Sheila, played by Jade Rasif.)
Despite being a ruthless and “douchey” rich man’s son, Khairul has his soft spot, which comes in the form of a motherly Salmah Rahman (played by Mastura Ahmad), whom he respects and loves too much to lie to.
When asked if he saw any traces of himself in Khairul, the singer then fessed up, “I can be stubborn at times, but my soft spot is my wife”.
Taufik and his wife Sheena Akbal. (Photos: Taufik Batisah/Instagram)
The singer shared that although he might be rather hard-headed, he finds no point in arguing with his wife, Sheena Akbal, and maintains his blissful marriage by “always making sure that everything is well at the end of the day because arguments can make things turn sour and no one wins”.
The newlyweds, who tied the knot only slightly more than a year ago in April 2015 also had their long overdue honeymoon this September in the USA as Taufik had to promptly leave for Malaysia to commence filming one week after their wedding.
“I took a break and we went to San Francisco, it was really fun as it was her first time there as well”, the singer said as he recalled the trip to be his most memorable event of year.
“It’s been great [being married]! Marriage is a learning process, you learn more about each other every day, as long as both parties are willing to continue learning, you will have a blissful marriage”, he added.
Taufik shared that his thoughtful wife had even planned a surprise birthday party for his 35th birthday with their family last Saturday (Dec 10). Despite not being much of a celebratory person, the singer was very much moved by his wife’s gesture.
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“In 2017, I’m going to get in shape!” Taufik declared.
“I have been neglecting my diet the past few months, I just kept eating and eating! I will start getting back in shape from January 5, after the feastings of the festivities have ended”.
When asked if there are any works in preparation for his 8th album since music seems to have taken the backseat in his career recently, he shared that he will “only begin to focus more on music maybe next year” and also expressed interest producing more trap and RNB music for his next album.
“I would love to work with Shigga [Shay], he has been hitting me up a couple of times but I didn’t have time available then” he added.
The singer also shared that although he will not be producing any of his own music any time soon, but he is currently composing a song for his friend, Indonesian singer, Dato’ Rossa.
If fans are yearning to hear him sing, Taufik encouraged them to attend Channel 5’s free countdown concert, Celebrate 2017, where he will usher in the New Year with them. However, unlike previous years’ performances, he will be collaborating with locally based DJ duo, Rave Republic this year.
Tanglin airs weekday nights 8:30 pm on Channel 5. Watch past episodes on Toggle, or on Toggle-It-First.
Celebrate 2017 will take place on Dec 31, 7.30 pm at Suntec Plaza. The live telecast of Celebrate 2017 will also be aired on Channel 5 and Toggle from 11 pm to 12:15 am.
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