Saved by Anzani
There’s no love lost between Anzani and her father-in-law Neo – until it looks like a life will be taken.
If Ndu (Andile Sithole) thinks he has in-law trouble with greedy, gossipy Gloria (Marjorie Langa), he should have a quiet word with Anzani (Fulu Mugovhani). Her sinister father-in-law Neo (Jerry Mofokeng Wa Makhetha) is a reformed drug kingpin, jailbird and crimelord. And wise Anzani isn’t so sure about that “reformed” thing. “Every effort that he makes doesn’t read to her as a genuine effort or a kind effort; it reads as if there’s malicious intent,” explains Fulu. “She’s certain that he wants something in return. Her husband Lerumo (Tshepo Mosese) tries to convince her that Neo just wants them to be a family, but her guard is still up at this point.” But former princess Anzani was raised to do her duty – on Friday 12 May she’s in Neo’s hospital room visiting like a good daughter-in-law as Neo recovers from a heart attack. And when a life-or-death crisis strikes, watch Anzani step up…
SHE’S A HERO
Anzani literally saves Neo’s life when he’s too weak to help himself and she
doesn’t even have to think twice to do it. “When it happens, she is reconciled with him,” says Fulu. “They hugged and she just came in to tell him, ‘I’ll give it a chance,” because he almost died. At that moment (when death threatens Neo), because of who Anzani is, her instinct is to protect the people she loves. It’s stupid and careless, but it shows her heart,” says Fulu. Neo shouldn’t gloat too much though. “It doesn’t have as much to do with Neo as it has to do with the kind of person she is. She’s a kind person and once she has forgiven and made up her mind about something, Anzani commits,” says Fulu.
SEEING THE LIGHT
Anzani’s heroism opens her husband and father-in-law’s eyes. “In Lerumo’s mind, it proves that she cares for his father. And it proves to Neo that she’s the real deal and he makes more effort to become closer to them. And now Anzani’s in a state where she can return that love.” But the two men are going to react very differently to this proof of her affection.
FATHER WANTS MORE
Neo is the kind of guy who’ll take an arm if you offer him a hand. “The next time they meet, Neo wants her to not get in the way of his relationship with his son. She realises that he’s becoming a bit invasive,” says Fulu. “As much as she’s warming up to Neo, Anzani’s still wary of his business deals. She thinks, ‘We can be family but I’m not about to get into bed with you.’ She doesn’t want Lerumo to get burnt. Anzani doesn’t like that Lerumo’s father is taking him away from her and Lerumo’s father doesn’t like that Anzani is taking Lerumo away from him!” laughs Fulu. “We can’t share him!”
UH OH, LERUMO
Meanwhile, seeing his wife put herself in harm’s way to protect his father alerts Lerumo to a problem under his nose. “Lerumo is surprised and shocked that Anzani would do that for Neo,” says Fulu. “He’s scared for her life. He thinks, ‘Because you’re close, I’m going to swallow my words. But this is not what I want. Being close to my dad means you being in danger again.’ He’s like, ‘Okay, maybe this was not such a good idea. It’s going to bring trouble for you again.’ And that’s when he starts saying things like, ‘You’re not safe being around me,’ and she says, ‘No! I’m not safe around your father. Why are you making it about you?’” Uh oh! If Lerumo tries to push Anzani away again “for her own safety”, this time she might give him what he wants.
If it wasn’t for Anzani’s courage, Neo would be dead.
Anzani leaps to protect Neo.
Anzani can’t believe what she has done.