Comedy to hit the screens


COMEDY lovers are set for big laughs when the hilarious comedy Madlela premieres at Elite 400 and Rainbow City, tomorrow.


The 86-minute Plum Media Productions of South Africa comedy produced by Mothusi Ndlovu exposes the daily hardships, social lives and pretenses of the majority of Zimbabweans south of the Limpopo River.

In the comedy, the main character, Madlela — a cunning old man from Sikhobokhobo in Nkayi — arrives in Johannesburg through the aid of cross-border transporters (omalayitsha).

On his surprise arrival at his nephew’s place, he finds it hard to cope with the living arrangements in the crammed Johannesburg flats.

To further compound his woes, Madlela is lazy and does not bother looking for a job.

The old man brags and tells those who care to listen how he beats up people, but could he be telling the truth? The hilarious comedy explores a number of themes.

The old man causes commotion in the flat and is at loggerheads with the landlord who threatens to throw him out. He loves drinking alcohol and has a sharp eye for young girls, but finds himself miscalculating in whatever he does.

Speaking to the Southern Eye Lifestyle on Tuesday, Mongezi Mpofu, who plays a Nigerian in the comedy, said the film would premiere at 6pm and then run for two weeks in the cinemas at different times.

He said the film’s cast had Zimbabwean actors based in South Africa, adding that the entire cast would be present at the premiere tomorrow.

“This is a Zimbabwean film by Zimbabwean actors who have made it in the South African film industry,” he said.

“The cast includes Ndlovu, Daniel Ncube, Duduzile Msebele, Michael Mkhwananzi, Elvis Phiri, Bashimane and Mehlokazulu.”

The comedy is in Ndebele with English subtitles.