Lead actress Dineo Moeketsi
"I came out of [shooting the movie] with a different idea of the South African film landscape" - lead actress Dineo Moeketsi at the premiere of Mrs Right Guy. (Photo: Rudo Mungoshi)

There was a glittering turnout at the premiere of highly anticipated South African romcom Mrs Right Guy at the Zone in Rosebank, Johannesburg on the evening of Thursday, 19 May.

Gauteng MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Faith Mazibuko, Gauteng Film Commission Chief Executive Officer Andile Mbeki and a host of local actors and celebrities - Sello Maake Ka-Ncube among them - turned out for the red carpet event.

The escapist romantic fantasy, which made its debut at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in France on the same day, provides the perfect vehicle for the big-screen debut of popular TV actress, singer, dancer and presenter Dineo Moeketsi.

Moeketsi stars in the movie as love-wounded Gugu Hlatshwayo, who grew up under the curse of being the “It Girl”, beautiful, wanted by everyone, ultimately heartbroken. Mrs Right Guy follows Gugu as tries to steer a course between two eligible young men: serial seducer Dumile (Thapelo Mokoena) and regular good guy Joe (Lehasa Moloi).

A milestone for me in every way possible - Moeketsi

Moeketsi confesses that she almost quit the film industry before she was chosen to act in the film.

"This was the best shooting process I have had to date," she said at Wednesday's premiere. "This film is a milestone in every way possible. I came out of it with one of my favourite directors, who has lifted me from strength to strength. I came out of it with friends and support from my co-stars.

"I came out of it with a different idea of the South African film landscape, and that for me is a moment of pride."

 

 

Auditions for Mrs Right Guy started back in 2012, with various reimaginings of the script resulting in Moeketsi taking over the role of leading lady.

"I think that's the universe saying yes, and I believe I am in the right place at the right time," she said. "For every time I thought I was not meant to be here, I was lying to myself."

Moeketsi, who left presenting for a while in order to focus on her acting and music, said being an artist meant that she had to be meticulous. "I have to do justice to what I'm doing, that is the basis of who I am. That is my foundation. I am an artist first before I am anything else," she said.

Playing the good guy 'my biggest challenge to date' - Moloi

Lehasa Moloi and his wife Cleo
Lehasa Moloi and his wife Cleo share a photo opportunity at the premiere of Mrs Right Guy. (Photo: Rudo Mungoshi)

Co-star Lehasa Moloi, for his part, said that he his role as the good guy of the story turned out to be his biggest challenge to date.

"Every role is really hard to play," he said. "If it's not, you are probably doing the wrong job, because it is supposed to be a challenge. Playing the role of a good guy means you will have to find out where the character relates to people."

Moloi said he believed that the story "has a heart" and should be watched by everyone. "Everything was real, it was all there, and we did not leave a smallest bit of it in our pockets. We threw it all out there.

"The message in the film is never be too chicken for love, it's scary, but go for it."

Mrs Right Guy was directed by Nigerian-born filmmaker Adze Ugah, backed up by a team of highly experienced local film and television women: producer-writer Mokopi Shale, producer-writer Cati Weinek, and producer Kethiwe Ngcobo.

It was funded by the NFVF in association with the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and shot in the space of a month in Johannesburg.

The movie opens in South African Cinemas on 27 May.

Source: staff reporter

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