The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Candy Records Set to Release Big Budget Film

MUSIC record label Candy n Candy Records has ventured into the lucrative filmmaking industry and is set to release a new blockbuster this month.

Through its filmmaking franchise, Candy n Candy Film Entertainment, the budding music and film powerhouse will release its first blockbuster titled Gall Bladder on December 20 at the IMAX cinemas, Nairobi.

"Kenyans have not experienced such a thrilling locally-made movie yet. I assure movie lovers that this particular film will showcase the immense talent and potential we have to deliver a quality film work. We might not be at par with other film powerhouses such as Hollywood and Bollywood, but we are about to get there," said Candy n Candy Group CEO Joe Kariuki.

The full-HD movie follows up on the life story of Bahati - played by Tanzania's top actress and music artiste Baby Madaha. After being set up and betrayed by the man who hired her as a house help, she is tormented and sexually molested by his boss' friends who have a field day gang-raping her whenever they visit. Tired and sick of the humiliation, she quits and launches a brutal rampage of revenge against her oppressors whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.

"Gal Bladder portrays graphic violence and lengthy depictions of gang rape, some of the ills crippling the society. Madaha, meanwhile, presents strong female role models whose strength is predicated upon being a victim. It will be one of those movies that have a lasting impact," says production co-coordinator Ali Imran.

Among other members of the cast are renowned actors Victor Kithoka, Mohammed Mwinyi, Ali Imran and Abdullahi Mohammed Hamisi. It's produced and directed by Edward Martins, Steven Okoth and Abby Sangush.

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