Hap­pi­ness is our 21st-cen­tury African city

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Like any girls’ night out, the shoes were on fleek, the hair and make-up on point. And the cast of the lo­cal movie Hap­pi­ness Is a Four-let­ter Word looked even more daz­zling as they made their way down the red car­pet at the pre­miere on Thurs­day. The film’s three lead­ing ladies – Khanyi Mbau, Re­nate Stu­ur­man and Mma­batho Montsho – made their grand en­trance at the venue, Mzansi’s The Zone @ Rose­bank. The male cast – com­pris­ing Chris Attoh, James van Heldinge, Ter­ence Brid­gett, Richard Lukunku, Ton­gayi Chirisa, Daniel Hadebe and Hlomla Dan­dala – fol­lowed, look­ing dap­per in their well-tailored suits.

Mbau turned heads in her royal blue power tuxedo suit with a hint of boobage and ex­quis­ite make-up that matched her malein­spired look. “I am ner­vous about the movie; it is my first sil­ver screen­ing. My char­ac­ter Zaza was like the fool­ish 19-year-old Khanyi and I hope peo­ple do not con­fuse me with her, and see that Khanyi is just a brand at work. Peo­ple should see my pas­sion is in act­ing.”

Stu­ur­man chose a long, pink draped dress, while Montsho wore an el­e­gant, pat­terned cream skirt and crop top. By their choice of wardrobe, each lead­ing lady looked as if she was re­play­ing her char­ac­ter.

Among the many film en­thu­si­asts present was pre­sen­ter Masech­aba Ndlovu, sport­ing a flo­ral jumpsuit and gi­gan­tic gold neck­piece, with her new hubby, Vusi, right be­side her.

Idols SA judge Somizi Mh­longo was also in at­ten­dance and had this to say of the ro­man­tic drama: “It was beau­ti­ful; the qual­ity, the cal­i­bre of char­ac­ters. Any­one can re­late to it.”

Film pro­ducer and di­rec­tor Themba Sibeko said the movie “show­cases the cos­mopoli­tan ur­ban city of Jo­han­nes­burg by de­con­struct­ing the stereo­types of what an African city should be like in the 21st cen­tury”. “It’s beau­ti­ful to see how th­ese mod­ern women deal with ev­ery­day is­sues. It has great tex­ture. I’m ex­cited for the di­rec­tor, Tha­bang Mo­leya. We are see­ing a sig­nif­i­cantly greater num­ber of th­ese pos­i­tive nar­ra­tives be­ing told.”

The movie, based on Cyn­thia Jele’s novel, opens at Ster-Kinekor cin­e­mas on Fri­day.

– Palesa Morei



Bo­nang Matheba (right)

hosted the event. Danny K (below) and his

wife, Lisa STUN­NING Boity Thulo (right) looked amaz­ing. David Tlale (below cen­tre), and Mi Casa’s Mo-T and J’Some­thing (below) had a blast at the fes­tive shindig SLAY­ING

Re­nate Stu­ur­man (left) and Khanyi Mbau

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