6 February 2013

Zimbabwe: 'Kiriboni' - Comedy's Latest Sensation

A new hilarious comedy has hit the streets of Harare which, according to the producers, is selling like hot cakes. The film, "Kiriboni the Menace", is about the life of a notorious Kiriboni played by Sadat Sanhewe, who is also the main actor and lead producer.

Kiriboni unleashes havoc in his neighbourhood while trying to sustain a lifestyle that is beyond him.

He swindles his neighbours of money in an effort to catch the attention of his attractive tenant Evelyn.

"The comedy is centred on the mischievous Kiriboni who is in the habit of coning his friends. His plan backfires when he seeks the services of a traditional healer to get Evelyn to fall for him," said the producer.

A series of jaw droppers and nerve-wracking events unfold when the "muti" works on a local insane bag lady who becomes a nuisance to him.

His life is made unbearable and efforts to reverse the "spell" put him in an awkward position as he is supposed to pay more than 10-fold what he had paid in the first place.

All it means for Kiriboni is a conning spree in order to raise the money and in no time he is up in arms with people in the area.

"The comedy is staged in a high-density suburb in Harare and what has proved it to be popular is that it touches on the lighter side of our day-to-day lives.

"Local viewers can understand it better because we used Shona," said Raymond Mudyiwenyama, who wrote and directed the film.

Mudyiwenyama spoke highly of the outstanding performances by Sadat Sanhewe who had an icredible chemistry with cast members.

First-timers Hilder Mugare, Mary Gweshe and Evelyn blend well the seasoned actors among them Fasto (Stephen Mutenya).

The film which took 12 days of shooting and two weeks of editing already has a follow up series that is on the cards according to Mudyiwenya.

The production house, Chifamba Films, has other successful movies to their name. Last year's production, "The Kiss", premiered at the Rainbow Cinemas before making its debut on ZBCTV.

Copyright © 2013 The Herald. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.