Fi­nally com­ing into her own

Af­ter more than a decade in the busi­ness, ac­tress Khanyi Mbau feels she has an authen­tic story to tell

The Sunday Independent - - WORLD - AMANDA MALIBA Red Room, | @Aman­daMal­iba

KHANYI Mbau has grown in leaps and bounds since she set tongues wag­ging with her lav­ish life­style. The so­cialite has gone on to build a solid ca­reer in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, mak­ing her mark as a ra­dio DJ and ac­tress.

Mbau’s lat­est project, is di­rected by Sans Moon­samy and fea­tures prom­i­nent lo­cal ac­tors Pakamisa Zwedala, Nick Nkuna and Aubrey Poo. In the film, due to be re­leased in cin­e­mas na­tion­wide on March 8 next year, Mbau por­trays a rich busi­ness­man’s wife, Zama, whose hus­band is im­mersed in the world of hu­man traf­fick­ing, sex and be­trayal.

Zama then dis­cov­ers the truth of her hus­band’s se­cret life; and has to deal with the feel­ing of be­trayal and his death through sui­cide.

The loss causes her to lose the af­flu­ent life she has be­come ac­cus­tomed to and she has to fight to re­built it. as Nel­son Man­dela and OR Tambo.

“And by authen­tic I mean that all that peo­ple have known about me, my love life, the peo­ple I fell in love with and what­ever was re­ported in the tabloids, was all an or­ganic thing. I put my heart on my sleeve and lived each mo­ment out hon­estly. So I am an authen­tic story.

“The great thing about this is that I am a rev­e­la­tion for many South Africans that didn’t be­lieve any­thing is pos­si­ble.”

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