A South African movie — Happiness Is A Four Letter Word— starring Hollywood-based Zimbabwean actor Tongayi Arnold Chirisa will be released in cinemas next month.
The movie which is an adaptation of a book authored by a South African black female author Nozizwe Cynthia Jele will be released on February 19 and is featuring the who is who in the acting industry.
According to Vuzu TV Channel website, Happiness Is A Four Letter Word revolves around “some of the most talented names in the entertainment industry in South Africa and in the Diaspora.
“It follows the lives of three black women living out their dreams. Mmabatho Montsho plays Nandi, a lawyer and compulsive perfectionist, Khanyi Mbau plays Zaza, a go-getter who lives the high life as a trophy wife and Renate Stuurman plays the role of Princess, a trend-setting art gallery owner.
“While all three support each other and have everything they could ask for, they learn that happiness runs deeper than just accumulation of material possessions.”
The inclusion of Chirisa, who will be playing the role of Thomas, fiancé to Nandi, in the star-packed movie shows that he is no longer a push over in the acting industry.
In the movie, Chirisa is rubbing shoulders with big names such as Jacob’s Cross star, Hlomla Dandala; talented Ghanain Tinsel star Chris Attoh portrays his namesake Chris among others, including Simo Magwaza and Richard Lukunku, best known for his role as Pascal in Inkaba.
Internationally-acclaimed and award-winning filmmaker Lance Gewer who boasts of 28 years in the industry is behind the movie.
Gewer is also known for his efforts and skills on movies such as the Oscar-winning film, Tsotsi among others.
The trailer of the movie Happiness Is a Four Letter Word was premiered in December last year in South Africa.
Chirisa also features in a South African film — Mr Bones Part 2.
In Hollywood, he is known for high profile roles in Crusoe as Man Friday (2008), American Horror Story: Asylum as Miles (2012) and the American supernatural drama television series called Sleepy Hollow that premiered on Fox 2 in 2014.
Chirisa first made his mark on the local scene with his role as Detective Trevor Davies in Zimbabwe’s first soapie, Studio 263. He then moved to neighbouring South Africa where he landed several roles in productions such as Leon Schuster’s Mr Bones 2 as Hekule the King of Kuvukiland.
The former Studio 263 actor is arguably Zimbabwe’s most successful actor at the moment.
Another local actor who has fared well on the American acting scene is Danai Gurira who is making a mark in the American horror series, The Walking Dead where she plays Michonne.
Leeroy Gopal, who rose to fame in Zimbabwe as Tiyane Tsumba in the film Yellow Card, is also another local actor who deserves plaudits.
Gopal broke into the South African acting industry on the soapie Backstage where he played the role of Duma Mzamo and later landed roles in top South African film productions like Hola Mpinji, Home Affairs, Generations, Jozi-H, One Way and Ses’Top La.