Simi will be taking her first steps into the acting world after securing a role on Kunle Afolayan’s upcoming movie, ‘Mokalik’.
The award winning singer who has successfully carved a niche for herself in the music world is seeking to explore her other talents as she is set ot feature in her first Nollywood movie.
Simi has been casted to line up alongside other prominent industry names like Femi Adebayo, Ayo Adesanya, Faithia Williams, Lateef Oladimeji, among others in prolific producer, Kunle Afolayan‘s new movie Mokalik.
This was made known via a post shared on Kunle Afolayan’s Instagram page, with the words, ”It is Official: Simi @symplysimi is featuring in “Mokalik” a Kunle Afolayan film.”
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It is Official: Simi @symplysimi is featuring in “Mokalik” a Kunle Afolayan film. ‘Jamb Questiom’ crooner, Simisola Ogunleye, aka Simi, has accepted a role in Kunle Afolayan’s coming film, ‘Mokalik’ (Mechanic). The agreement was formalised on Sunday, at the filmmaker’s office, in Lagos. Beaming with smiles, it is obvious that the sonorous singer, who returned with a ‘Yes’ to Afolayan’s Golden Effects’ office after a week of studying the script, cannot wait to make her debut on the big screen. Taking to Instagram minutes later, 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.” ‘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. Afolayan says ‘Mokalik’ 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, while 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. Simi will be playing Simi; daughter of a Buka (cafeteria)owner whose character holds a significant part in the movie plot. 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). Ire @ayoadesanya @femiadebayosalami @faithiawilliams #film #filmmaking #filmmaker #movie #mokalikthemovie #nollywood #africancinema
“Simi will be playing Simi; daughter of a Buka (cafeteria) owner whose character holds a significant part in the movie plot,” he stated.
The director who is already on location shooting scenes from the movie explains that, Mokalik is a story that 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.
From the moment Jaiye is dropped off at the mechanic workshop by his father, Ogidan, it is obvious he doesn’t want to be there.
Jaiye stands out like a sore thumb in the workshop as he commences his apprenticeship under various mechanics. Along the way, he meets other apprentices, some of who take a liking to him, and others who dislike him.
Kunle Afolayan enrols son in Mechanic workshop
The AMAA and AMVCA recipient explained why he decided to enrol his son for a training at the local automobile repair shop saying he wants his children to know the different shades of life.
He said, “Children of this generation may think they are having fun because they didn’t experience what some of us experienced but they are caged. Most of their life is spent either in front of television or the computer game. My children are a bit different; they are not addicted to anything. Even the most senior one who has a phone, most times I force him to pick the phone because he doesn’t stay on it.
“I also want him to learn how to interact with people outside the house and learn how to speak Yoruba so that when he is back in school, he will understand that life has different sides and not everybody is privileged to have what he has,” he said in a recent interview with Correspondent.