Singing sensation, Simi gets movie role in Kunle Afolayan’s new film

Multiple award winning singer, Simisola Ogunleye better known as Simi is set to feature in a Nollywood movie entitled Mokalik (Mechanic). The upcoming movie is produced and directed by prolific filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan.

The announcement was made public by Afolayan who took to his social channels to share the news with his followers. The agreement was formalised yesterday, Sunday, August 26, 2018, at the filmmaker’s office, he noted.

It was gathered that Simi gave her consent to feature in the movie after a week of studying the script.

The singer also took to her Instagram page where she shared a voiceless video of herself seated beside Afolayan and flaunting the movie script, with the caption: “@kunleafo and a girl with a script she likes very much.”

In the movie, Simi will be playing Simi; the daughter of a Buka (cafeteria)owner whose character holds a significant part in the movie plot.

Kunle Afolayan and Simi

According to Kunle Afolayan, ‘Mokalik’ (Mechanic) follows the career of an 11-year-old boy, Jaiye, from the middle-class suburbs who spends the day as a lowly apprentice at a mechanic workshop in order to view life from the other side of the tracks.

The filmmaker stated that the movie is a slight departure from the flicks he had shot in the past, adding that there will be two versions of the film; one for the Nigerian market – the other for the international market.

Screen-played by Tunde Babalola, inspiration for the story, according to the filmmaker came during his constant visit to the mechanic workshop where he refurbished his much publicised Vintage car (Thunderbird Ford 1965) recently.

He stated further that the film title, a Yoruba corrupt pronunciation of mechanic is from a scene in one of his late father (Ade Love)’s classic, ‘Taxi Driver’. “Visiting the mechanic workshop after about 15 years opened my eyes to a lot of things that I believe the world should know about our local auto car repairs industry,” he said.

In the all-Yoruba cast movie, Simi will be acting alongside notable actors like Femi Adebayo, Ayo Adesanya, Faithia Williams, Lateef Oladimeji and comic actors like Wale Akorede (Okunu), Ayo Ogunshina (Papa Lolo) and Dayo Akinpelu (Alabi Yellow).

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