AFRO-POP hit Zahara has added another feather to her already decorated cap, bagging her first big-screen role in a local flick called Nothing For Mahala.
In the movie, Zahara, real name Bulelwa Mkutukana, plays “herself” alongside rapper Pro Kid and veteran musician Dorothy Masuka.
Zahara could not hide her excitement when talking about her first step into acting, and says she is humbled that she will be working alongside some of the industry’s top dogs.
“I was approached by Nedbank to play ‘myself’ in the movie. The filming was fun, despite it being a new experience. I’m loving it.
“It’s amazing. There are a lot of people I’ve only seen on TV and now I get to work side by side with them.
“It is also a dream come true for me because I have always wanted to be on TV. I used to teach drama at church because that is one of my biggest interests. I hope I will eventually do more TV work,” she says.
In the movie, to be released in August, Zahara will appear in a scene where there is a discussion between community members about the closure of an orphanage.
She will sing a song called S’thandwa, which also features Pro Kid and Masuka.
The film, which is currently being shot at different locations around Joburg, is directed by Intersexions producer and director Rolie Nikiwe.
Talented actor Jamie Bartlett, who plays David Genaro in e.tv soapie Rhythm City, stars alongside funnyman Kenneth Nkosi.
To add to the drool factor, the film also features a stellar cast with the likes of actors Lillian Dube and Thapelo Mokoena.
Bartlett, who initially proved difficult when contacted by Sunday World, eventually opened up about his character. “I’ll be playing a guy by the name of Mike Sharris, a property developer with no conscience, starring alongside Axe (Mokoena) as his boss. That’s all I can tell you for now.”
Bartlett will also be in the public domain in July as another movie he appears in hits the big screen.
Producer JP Potgieter says working with the cast has been an absolute dream for him.
He says Nothing For Mahala is not a small-budget film, but would not divulge the figures.
Funders include Nedbank, Internet Solutions, the National Lotteries Board and the department of trade and industry.
The good news is that after the movie has finished its run in theatres, it will be flighted on SABC channels.
Published via (SundayWorld)