BY OLUWATOYOSI AGBAJE
This is a Tony Abulu film starring Tekno Miles, (Modele Ojo) Toyin Aimakhu Johnson (Shola Ojo Modele’s mother), Rachel Oniga, Jide Kosoko (Alaye), Bryan Okwara (Blaze), AY Makun (Madu), Justice Nuagbe aka Ushbebe (Ovie), Angel Ufoma (Angel) Iyanya (Bobby) and a host of others.
The movie is centered around a young boy Modele who wants to be a ‘Superstar’ artiste but is limited in terms of funds and exposure. He has a very good friend Ovie who keeps encouraging him about how his talents will take him places and also help him to get out of the Ghetto.
Superstar didn’t get the support of his mother especially as his father also died as an artiste, a situation which his mother feels was the cause of his accident. Modele focuses more on working in a bar to raise money rather than going to school, a decision his mother had to call the attention of his grandparents to. An opportunity of lifetime emerges when a new record label from America scout for new talent and Dele is faced with the need to produce a demo.
Ovie his good friend and manager was able to get him a sponsor (Chief Aderotoye) also known as Alaye who loaned him money which he would have to repay back with interest. This loan enabled him make a demo with Madu and this he drops at Blaze Records.
It took a while for him to get noticed at Blaze especially as they had a recording artiste who didn’t want any other on the label. He got the break and was able to refund Alaye’s money but being a shylock, Alaye wanted more which led to him harassing and arranging for kidnapping of Modele. Modele was later rescued from Alaye’s den by security agents courtesy Blaze and his career kicked off properly.
I found AY and Ush quite hilarious, they really showed they are comedians that know their onions. Toyin Aimakhu played her role very well too. The celebrations of entertainers as well as the campaign against piracy in the movie was also a good one. The use of local Yoruba language is quite commendable.
The assault scene on Angel by the hoodlums is believable. I didn’t really connect with the character of Lilian Esoro and Blaze’s girlfriend especially as Angel later revealed Tony Abulu is the real Blaze and not Byran Okwara’s character. The money spraying seems when Modele was performing at the club by his former boss seemed inappropriate but going by our African standards it might just fit in.
The sound effects at the combat scene towards the end of the movie between Alaye’s thugs and the security operatives could have been done way better.
Nevertheless it’s a good movie.
Oluwatoyosi Agbaje also blogs at yottymama.blogspot.com