With photo-shoot sessions and dramatic music videos, Simi’s career as a singer has afforded her more time behind the camera than most people. But despite having a familiar face on TV, she has never taken up an acting role. This is set to change as she has been unveiled as a cast on Kunle Afolayan’s upcoming Yoruba movie, “Mokalik”.
It is Official: Simi @symplysimi is featuring in “Mokalik” a Kunle Afolayan film. ‘Jamb Questiom’ crooner, Simisola Ogunleye, aka Simi, has accepted a role in Kunle Afolayan’s coming film, ‘Mokalik’ (Mechanic). The agreement was formalised on Sunday, at the filmmaker’s office, in Lagos. Beaming with smiles, it is obvious that the sonorous singer, who returned with a ‘Yes’ to Afolayan’s Golden Effects’ office after a week of studying the script, cannot wait to make her debut on the big screen. Taking to Instagram minutes later, she shared a voiceless video of herself seated beside Afolayan and flaunting the movie script, with the caption: “@kunleafo and a girl with a script she likes very much.” ‘Mokalik’ (Mechanic) follows the career of an 11-year-old boy, Jaiye, from the middle-class suburbs who spends the day as a lowly apprentice at a mechanic workshop in order to view life from the other side of the tracks. Afolayan says ‘Mokalik’ is a slight departure from the flicks he had shot in the past, adding that there will be two versions of the film; one for the Nigerian market – the other for the international market. Screen-played by Tunde Babalola, inspiration for the story, according to the filmmaker came during his constant visit to the mechanic workshop where he refurbished his much publicised Vintage car (Thunderbird Ford 1965) recently, while the film title, a Yoruba corrupt pronunciation of mechanic is from a scene in one of his late father (Ade Love)’s classic, ‘Taxi Driver’. “Visiting the mechanic workshop after about 15 years opened my eyes to a lot of things that I believe the world should know about our local auto car repairs industry,” he said. Simi will be playing Simi; daughter of a Buka (cafeteria)owner whose character holds a significant part in the movie plot. In the all-Yoruba cast movie, Simi will be acting alongside notable actors like Femi Adebayo, Ayo Adesanya, Faithia Williams, Lateef Oladimeji and comic actors like Wale Akorede (Okunu), Ayo Ogunshina (Papa Lolo) and Dayo Akinpelu (Alabi Yellow). Ire @ayoadesanya @femiadebayosalami @faithiawilliams #film #filmmaking #filmmaker #movie #mokalikthemovie #nollywood #africancinema
According to Afolayan’s Instagram statement, the title, “Mokalik” —‘Mechanic’ as pronounced by a native Yoruba speaker, as Afolayan affirms— is a tribute to his father’s 1983 classic Yoruba film, “Taxi Diver”. The script, which was written by Tunde Babalola, was supposedly inspired by his constant visits to mechanic shops. It follows a day in the life of Jaiye, an 11-year-old boy whose father him immerses in an apprentice job after he fails his primary school final exams, hoping that the experience would set him straight. Perplexed but unwilling to go against his father’s wishes, Jaiye grudgingly takes on the Job with different mechanics in various work stations.
Simi’s character —a 21-year-old lady also named Simi— meets Jaiye at work and as they discuss, he confesses to her that he has intentions to remain as a Mechanic-apprentice. In response, Simi offers valued advice about life and choices, which Jaiye ponders through the rest of the day.
As posted on the multiple-award winning director’s Instagram, the film is currently in production. Along with Simi, the film also stars Yoruba actors, including Femi Adebayo, Lateef Oladimeji and Ayo Adesanya.
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