Director: Peter Bishai
Cast: Wandile Molebatsi, Jason Hartman, Masello Motana, Stelio Savante
“Right now all you see is black and white, but one day you will see a million colours!” These are the words of Muntu Ndebele in Mzansi’s latest release on the big screen.
I must have been 3 years old when I first saw the film e’Lollipop on my great-grandmother’s black and white TV set, but I never forgot it. The film was about a black boy and a white boy, Tshepo and Jannie, whose friendship could only be separated by death. This film A Million Colours is based on the lives of Norman Knox and Muntu Ndebele after starring in the hit film e’Lollipop in the 70’s.
The film looks at what became of these two actors post the fame, exposure and tours around the world. Even though Norman and Muntu lived in contrasting worlds, they both had their struggles and fought to exist in our messed up country.
If you’re like me and are a sucker for love, then this film is worth watching again and again. The storyline mainly revolves around Muntu Ndebele and his struggles during a time of violence and his personal struggles with life, love, hustle, drugs and alcohol. Wandile Molebatsi gave the role his all and it is evident time and time again in the film. There are scenes where he did so well it took me by complete surprise that he was capable of such performances.
There are parts in the film that moved me from my seat, those that filled me with emotion and those that made me so darn proud to be South African! Such scenes include the beat-downs, body slams, ridicule, and straight up humiliation Muntu was willing to endure in the name of his love for Sabela, his high school sweetheart (acted by Masello Motana). There’s a scene where he was willing to have his IQ beat out of him in a stick fight against a Zulu warrior for his woman. That scene made me blush like a white girl because it was just so romantic!
Another favourite of mine is a scene where Bomba (Mpho Osei Tutu), the notorious gangster, steals Muntu’s car from right in front of him and still has the audacity to force him to help him push it, only to leave him behind in the middle of nowhere!
Unfortunately, there are also those few scenes and aspects of the film that disappointed me slightly. I would have loved to see most of the scenes play out a little longer because they had so much depth which could have been explored further.
There’s a tear jerking scene where Muntu’s mother disowns him and bans him from returning to the house until he decides to change his life. It is there that I got to see the variation in Wandile Molebatsi’s skill as an actor. It was brilliant! I wanted to Read the full story