SA rom­com marks Dineo’s film de­but

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Fall­ing in love is easy: you meet a guy and on as­sess­ing his po­ten­tial as your life part­ner, af­ford your­self the lux­ury of danc­ing on air as you fan­ta­sise about moon­light, roses and that “happy-ever-af­ter” end­ing. But when you least ex­pect it, the break-up hap­pens. You cry to long-suf­fer­ing friends and for the umpteenth time, swear off men for life. En­ter an­other po­ten­tial Mr Right, who you end up adding to your con­sid­er­able ca­su­alty list. In life, it’s a bit­ter and twisted sit­u­a­tion. When it’s a case of art im­i­tat­ing life, this is the stuff rom­coms – and ris­ing stars – are made of.

Cue lo­cal TV pre­sen­ter and ac­tress Dineo Moeketsi: she is mak­ing her big screen de­but in Mrs Right Guy, tak­ing on the lead role as un­lucky-in-love Gugu Hlatshwayo.

“When I read the story line, I was ex­cited,” says the 26-year-old. “You see th­ese sto­ries on so­cial me­dia ev­ery day. Women have this fairy tale idea about love and how their wed­ding day is go­ing to be. The truth is, love isn’t like Beauty and the Beast or Cin­derella – far from it,” Moeketsi says.

In the film, she plays “It girl” and new bride Gugu, who is left stranded on her hon­ey­moon is­land by her hus­band. Hard­ened and hu­mil­i­ated, she re­turns to her grand­mother’s home in Soweto and swears off love for good.

She joins the “walk­ing wounded”, re­ject­ing ev­ery chance at ro­mance – un­til fate crosses her path with two po­ten­tial suit­ors.

Asked what she likes about her char­ac­ter, Moeketsi says: “I love that Gugu is dressed by Thula Sindi and drives a Toy­ota Cres­sida.

“Tap­ping into my char­ac­ter’s bit­ter­ness was an emo­tional jour­ney for me, and I hope it will be one for au­di­ences too. But it’s not all doom and gloom: Gugu ends up in a sit­u­a­tion where she lives a lit­tle and finds love,” she says.

The film fea­tures a host of well-known ac­tors, in­clud­ing Thapelo Mokoena, Thando Tha­bethe, Boity Thulo, Le­hasa Moloi and Tau Maseru­mule.

It is di­rected by Nige­ria-born film maker Adze Ugah, who di­rected pop­u­lar Mzansi te­len­ov­ela Isi­baya. “You can’t do it with­out an army of peo­ple; that’s the beauty of this art form. It’s a cel­e­bra­tion of col­lab­o­ra­tion, so I can’t take credit for all th­ese works,” he says.

Moeketsi agrees: “The team helped me through the lead role. Af­ter wrap­ping up, I felt as if I had won some­thing. I have al­ways wanted to do movie roles.

“I hope the film shakes up women’s ex­pec­ta­tions about love and the bub­ble they imag­ine around it. This is a story about love and how to find love in re­al­ity.”

Mrs Right Guy pre­miers on April 29.

Thando Tha­bethe

Dineo Moeketsi

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