Selmor Mtukudzi speaks on erotic scenes in the film Escape

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By Sharon Muguwu | Daily News |

Selmor Mtukudzi, who featured in the film Escape that is set to premiere during the ongoing Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF), says her husband Tendai Manatsa was initially uncomfortable with a kissing scene on the movie.

One of the controversial scenes in “Escape” featuring Selmour Mtukudzi
One of the controversial scenes in “Escape” featuring Selmour Mtukudzi

The 90-minute film was co-directed by British academic and filmmaker Agnieszka Piotrowska and Zimbabwean Joe Njagu.

It also features Munya Chidzonga, Jose Marques, Harare International Festival of Arts general manager Maria Wilson, Nothando Nobengula and Eddie Sandifolo.

The daughter of music legend Oliver Mtukudzi told the Daily News she only took up the role after some lengthy negotiations with Manatsa, who is also a musician.

“I obviously had to get permission from him. He finally agreed to us doing it,” said Selmor.

Piotrowska, who was with Selmor during the interview, weighed in on the matter.

“This is a great story; we had to negotiate for a long time. And he (Manatsa) read the whole script and we waited for him.  He was like I like the script but can’t you do it without the kissing scene?”

Despite his initial misgivings, Manatsa finally gave Selmor the permission to feature on the highly-anticipated movie which will premiere at Ster Kinekor Borrowdale tonight.

However, her husband and fellow musician Manatsa had to be thoroughly persuaded in order for her to play the role.

Selmor plays the role of a strong African girl called Anna.

“I could relate quite a bit to Anna; she is a modern African girl. Being an African girl myself and appreciating the modern world, it wasn’t too much of a stretch for me to get into character,” she said.

The Nguva Yangu singer explained how she was able to go through the erotic scenes in the movie.

“As for the erotic scenes, you just switch your mind. I told myself that this is no longer Selmor, it’s Anna and she has to do this,” said Selmor.

Though Selmor conceded that Escape was her biggest role to date, she was quick to point out that she is not a greenhorn in the world of acting.

“I did a movie called I am the Future which was directed by Godwin Mawuru as well as numerous dramas that came out on ZBC. I have always been an actress,” she said.

She added that she found her role on Escape very exciting.

“Working with different directors was interesting in that they would agree on certain things and disagree as well. You would find that Joe would want certain things, while Agneiska wanted different things. But at the end of the day, they would agree . . . I enjoyed myself during the production,” said Selmor.

Piotrowska hailed her collaboration with Njagu on Escape.

“Collaborations are important in every sphere of life. The idea of opening your mind and interacting with different cultures can present interesting pieces of work. It’s important to open minds rather than say I don’t know these people so I will ignore them,” she said.

The British filmmaker commended local artistes for the effort they put in their work.

“The artistes are so much talented but they need to work on organisation skills. As an educator, we spend a lot of time teaching people how to organise things . . . but the talent is there to be honest,” said Piotrowska, adding that Escape exposed her to a new filmmaking experience.

“I have worked with National Geographic before, doing documentaries. I have worked all over Africa but I was working for an American organisation, but now I am working with African filmmakers.

“Escape has commercial value but for me it was about different cultures merging. The main character is of mixed race, whose mother on her death bed revealed that the father is Zimbabwean.

“The heart of it is what happens when you are mixed like this and you have to find stuff about your identity,” she said.

  • Zvakuputsa marriage yako manje

  • Zvakuputsa marriage yako manje

  • Kubasa zvako asi ummm

  • Kubasa zvako asi ummm

  • Pachivanhu chedu hazviite mukadzi womumba kukiswa nemumwe murume. Washaiwa imwe part yeku actor isinei nezvekukisana kana kutorega ndohu celebrity wamunoda asi madhoti chaiwo

  • Pachivanhu chedu hazviite mukadzi womumba kukiswa nemumwe murume. Washaiwa imwe part yeku actor isinei nezvekukisana kana kutorega ndohu celebrity wamunoda asi madhoti chaiwo

  • Not bad thats Art

  • Not bad thats Art

    • Art my foot…wangu will never get that chance even if the money is going to pay for my life saving surgery…i rather Die…

      • facts.

        Wako, Arikungokwirwa nana windy iwe usingazive. Better kukiswa zvaunoziva.

    • Yes wenyu vakuru magona kutaura apa , but that wont stop vanoita kuti vaenderere mberi nebasa ravo , think Selmar is too artistic , n i also love his career in also her role n that film.

    • Ok his career ,

    • haaa sekuru mungarega mkadzi achikiswa neumwe tsaga zvake.ngazvigare

    • Zvinoenderana nekwamakawananan

    • problem ma Zimba we lake exposure that’s just acting kunyangwe ukamuwana ku church kana arihure angori hure ndozvinoratidza chibharanzi chem Zimba

    • Yes Tinashe

    • Yes Tinashe

    • Yes Tinashe

  • haa murume wacho angagotyei iye akamuwana asiri Virgin zvakaoma kuroora munhu asiri Virgin saka kwaari murume kiss haina basa

  • haa murume wacho angagotyei iye akamuwana asiri Virgin zvakaoma kuroora munhu asiri Virgin saka kwaari murume kiss haina basa

    • Gymbunny

      Did you get married a virgin?

  • Zvimwe zvinonyanya mhani

  • Zvimwe zvinonyanya mhani

  • ndo news here idzodzo.

  • ndo news here idzodzo.

  • no need to panic

  • no need to panic

  • How can he not be nxii

  • How can he not be nxii

  • yeah we not white people and you agreed to play that part to kiss another guy…….. That’s totally gross

  • yeah we not white people and you agreed to play that part to kiss another guy…….. That’s totally gross

  • problem tongiteedza culture dzewamwe hazvisi zvedu izvi

  • problem tongiteedza culture dzewamwe hazvisi zvedu izvi

  • I job ijob

  • I job ijob

  • Ari pachokwadi kana ini handinga bvumi kuti mai vemumba va kiswe so.

  • Ari pachokwadi kana ini handinga bvumi kuti mai vemumba va kiswe so.

    • Ungati mukadzi ari toilet cleaner obva wati usabata dhodhi manje mari inouya sei,that why you see our movies or dramas we act zimbabweans do not sell

  • business rakatosiyana nezvimwe zvese izvo. aripabasa shaaa kisiwa Selma ndobasa racho

  • business rakatosiyana nezvimwe zvese izvo. aripabasa shaaa kisiwa Selma ndobasa racho

  • Who knws kuti zvogumira pakiss ipapo?dai ndirini ndaingonopihwa mari yangu namudhara Tuku asati adya mari yese yenew album

  • Eish,….

  • Its not good to a married woman

    • Thomas

      There is no man who marries a virgin these days. Mese makaroora mahure BUT maakuda kunyepera kunge mune vakadzi vari steady.

  • Zootopia Kakara Kununa

    All for the love of money….my wife even if I cry persuading her to do it …will never ever say yes

    • facts

      Uri kuzvinyepera nekuzvifadza nenhema. Ari kukwirwa nevakomana vemumarayini – and you know nothing about it.

      • Zootopia Kakara Kununa

        Askana kkkkkk ndimi makaroora vakabviswa humhandara nevamwe nekusakwana. We are different my dear

  • hey selmor dat waz brave girl.u are an actress period

  • Pakiss ndopane movie rese ndopatori ne bag racho

  • i hure zve, unokisa mumwe murume sei uri mukadzi wemunhu pamberi pevanhu

  • Chill ts just a kiss not a dixck n the butt!

  • It depends nema kisiro acho

  • A kiss is just a kiss, kiswa zvako iwe nxaaa.!

  • ABCD

    As for the erotic scenes, you just switch your mind. I told myself that this is no longer Selmor, it’s Anna and she has to do this…………..

    kkkk yeah ive heard that before and it involved ca$$$$h

  • Ari wangu ndobva ndaramba

  • Thats acting, wat dd th hsband expect

  • Mwari wanotiwo kudii nazvo?

  • Kutovharirira maziso kani..sory maningi

  • Warasa chirimuruoko nokuda kuombera

  • Even them they end divorcing look at the rate of divorces of these so called celebrities. Zvobatsirei kuwachose chenyika weya uchitambura .wakafanana namai varikutengesa muviri joni kana voenda kuZim votngera murume bachi nama tekky

  • Gymbunny

    Money is not this important. Baba Gym havangafari nazvo izvi.
    This is why celebrities divorce

  • Svigwai amai

  • Uh ts not a gud thing uri mukadzi wemunhu ahhh he has every reason to b angry

  • Zvakaoma chokwadi

  • And what has made him comfortable now? Just wondering hangu.

  • Divorce,ende mabatiro ejinda racho mmmmm

  • not my wife

  • KGB man

    I guess next time, you will be asking him to ride some guy, hey? good of you

  • Pamwe murume waSelmor wacho ndiye akaroorwa kwaMtukudzi saka abvuma hake kukiswa kwavanobva ndekwehutepfe tepfe . Mungati here imimi zvatinoimbirwa naTuku zvinotovaka misha yedu osiya wemwana wake uchiparara anokiswa votogara vese zvakadaro , eee gomera uripo mungati imi akaroora Bona angati bufu ? Ndiye akaroorwa Bona akati 2wks no bonde idzepfunde ukada kutonetsa inosvika kuna mdara ( Pitcort government ndoitori nepower mumba umo , thank you )

  • Ukatoona akararwa naye futi haubvumidzwe kuochomoka , you will be in for it again ķkkkkķ mungatoti hee hee kukiswa iiimiiiii ko kurara vasina hembe pafirimu pacho ipapo , zvekuti munotozoona kuti pazokatwa asi vanhu vatoita ka ava

  • ndoMovie mupfana wami kissing is real pamovie baba. ndokuti celeb itongozvigamuchira. that kiss yakatomuitisa mari

  • Pamwe mumba macho unotoramba kukiswa ini zii zvangu

  • Ngavatore Bev asina murume

  • that husband of yours is very normal to feel jelas.the moment he start to accept it is the moment he lost his normal senses.

  • Tonyarirepi

  • mbikiza

    I hope the pay is good, this can cost Selmor her marriage some time down the line.

  • An African black woman is never independent.Its a shame,nevertheless its all about what brings bread on the table..lol

  • An African black woman is never independent.Its a shame,nevertheless its all about what brings bread on the table..lol

  • An African black woman is never independent.Its a shame,nevertheless its all about what brings bread on the table..lol

  • muviri wako itemberi yashe , selma murume wako namwari hava fari nazvo izvo

  • Hakuna kuActor kwakadai

  • Ndiko kuti movie ka,iye Tendai wacho akabvumirei kuti mukadzi wake ave actor.saka aifunga kuti kuactor kuimba chete.after kiss iyo vanofanira kutoenda pabed wokururwa mbatya zvovharana kkkk

  • Even if it is done in the most advanced nations it doesn’t make right. Saka Tendai anobvumidzwawo here kukisa vamwe vakadzi as a hobby ongoti it is not serious kungotambawo, hanty to some it is a profession which brings in money. Saka oyenda hake kuma avenues ongoti it is not serious it is nothing i’m just going as client to those who are in the profession, kana iriyo civilisation kusara kurinani #hazviperemushe

  • Even if it is done in the most advanced nations it doesn’t make right. Saka Tendai anobvumidzwawo here kukisa vamwe vakadzi as a hobby ongoti it is not serious kungotambawo, hanty to some it is a profession which brings in money. Saka oyenda hake kuma avenues ongoti it is not serious it is nothing i’m just going as client to those who are in the profession, kana iriyo civilisation kusara kurinani #hazviperemushe

  • Even if it is done in the most advanced nations it doesn’t make right. Saka Tendai anobvumidzwawo here kukisa vamwe vakadzi as a hobby ongoti it is not serious kungotambawo, hanty to some it is a profession which brings in money. Saka oyenda hake kuma avenues ongoti it is not serious it is nothing i’m just going as client to those who are in the profession, kana iriyo civilisation kusara kurinani #hazviperemushe

  • Akambomusiirei achita zvema firimu ndaakiswe kana kurarwa

  • Akambomusiirei achita zvema firimu ndaakiswe kana kurarwa

  • Akambomusiirei achita zvema firimu ndaakiswe kana kurarwa

  • devorce pa fair

  • devorce pa fair

  • devorce pa fair